With Gareth Bale set for Los Angeles, how have other Brits fared in MLS?

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Wales talisman Gareth Bale is acceptable to swap Real Madrid for Los Angeles FC arsenic the latest British prima to caput to Major League Soccer, the PA quality bureau understands.

Here, PA looks astatine different apical Brits to instrumentality the US plunge.

David Beckham, LA Galaxy

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LA Galaxy adjacent commissioned a statue of Beckham, pictured, to people his clip astatine the nine (Lionel Hahn/PA)

England superstar Beckham ended 4 years astatine Real Madrid with a determination to LA Galaxy, and went connected to walk 5 years successful the States. The 11-cap midfielder started to upwind down his singular vocation successful Los Angeles, but would past aboriginal bask abbreviated stints astatine some AC Milan and Paris St Germain to headdress his trophy-laden clip successful boots.

Wayne Rooney, DC United

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Wayne Rooney, pictured, during his DC United stint (DC United)

Ever-bullish England striker Rooney headed retired to DC United successful 2018, aft a one-year instrumentality to archetypal nine Everton that followed a stellar stint astatine Manchester United. The one-time Toffees wonderment kid passed 300 vocation goals successful the US, hitting the nett 23 times and laying connected 15 assists successful 48 regular-season contests. Rooney would caput backmost to England to articulation Derby successful 2020, a power would yet pb to him managing the Rams.

Steven Gerrard, LA Galaxy

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Steven Gerrard, pictured, has gone connected to occurrence successful absorption since a stint successful the US (Isaac Parkin/PA)

Anfield stalwart Gerrard enactment an extremity to 17 years of first-team enactment astatine Liverpool erstwhile heading to California. Gerrard would lone walk 1 twelvemonth astatine Galaxy, earlier hanging up his boots successful 2016. The 114-cap England prima past took conscionable 1 twelvemonth retired of the athletics earlier taking up an academy coaching relation astatine Liverpool, that would precede managerial roles astatine Rangers and Aston Villa.

Frank Lampard, New York City FC

England prima Lampard had already spent a twelvemonth distant from Chelsea astatine Manchester City by the clip helium headed to the US. Lampard became Chelsea’s grounds goalscorer earlier enjoying an Indian summertime run successful the northbound westbound astatine City. But the free-scoring midfielder would adhd 1 much escapade earlier retirement. New York could not scope the play-offs successful Lampard’s archetypal season, earlier the ex-West Ham youngster past registered the club’s archetypal hat-trick successful his 2nd campaign. New York did scope the play-offs successful Lampard’s 2nd campaign, but slipped to decision successful the semi-finals. Managerial stints astatine Derby, Chelsea and Everton person since followed.

Jermain Defoe, Toronto FC

England hitman Defoe sprung a astonishment by trading Tottenham for Toronto aged conscionable 31 successful 2014. Defoe struck 11 goals successful 19 games but the determination rapidly turned sour, and helium was loaned backmost to Spurs, earlier making the power to Sunderland. Productive stints astatine Bournemouth and Rangers followed, earlier Defoe yet ended a good vocation backmost astatine Sunderland.

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