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

David Beckham, pictured, enjoyed a productive stint at LA Galaxy (PA)
David Beckham, pictured, enjoyed a productive stint at LA Galaxy (PA)

Wales talisman Gareth Bale is set to swap Real Madrid for Los Angeles FC as the latest British star to head to Major League Soccer, the PA news agency understands.

Here, PA looks at other top Brits to take the US plunge.

David Beckham, LA Galaxy

David Beckham Statue Unveiling – Dignity Health Sports Park
LA Galaxy even commissioned a statue of Beckham, pictured, to mark his time at the club (Lionel Hahn/PA)

England superstar Beckham ended four years at Real Madrid with a move to LA Galaxy, and went on to spend five years in the States. The 11-cap midfielder started to wind down his remarkable career in Los Angeles, but would then later enjoy short stints at both AC Milan and Paris St Germain to cap his trophy-laden time in boots.

Wayne Rooney, DC United

DC United Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Handout Photos
Wayne Rooney, pictured, during his DC United stint (DC United)

Ever-bullish England striker Rooney headed out to DC United in 2018, after a one-year return to first club Everton that followed a stellar stint at Manchester United. The one-time Toffees wonder kid passed 300 career goals in the US, hitting the net 23 times and laying on 15 assists in 48 regular-season contests. Rooney would head back to England to join Derby in 2020, a switch would ultimately lead to him managing the Rams.

Steven Gerrard, LA Galaxy

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Aston Villa – Premier League – Molineux Stadium
Steven Gerrard, pictured, has gone on to success in management since a stint in the US (Isaac Parkin/PA)

Anfield stalwart Gerrard put an end to 17 years of first-team action at Liverpool when heading to California. Gerrard would only spend one year at Galaxy, before hanging up his boots in 2016. The 114-cap England star then took just one year out of the sport before taking up an academy coaching role at Liverpool, that would precede managerial roles at Rangers and Aston Villa.

Frank Lampard, New York City FC

England star Lampard had already spent a year away from Chelsea at Manchester City by the time he headed to the US. Lampard became Chelsea’s record goalscorer before enjoying an Indian summer campaign in the north west at City. But the free-scoring midfielder would add one more adventure before retirement. New York could not reach the play-offs in Lampard’s first season, before the ex-West Ham youngster then registered the club’s first hat-trick in his second campaign. New York did reach the play-offs in Lampard’s second campaign, but slipped to defeat in the semi-finals. Managerial stints at Derby, Chelsea and Everton have since followed.

Jermain Defoe, Toronto FC

England hitman Defoe sprung a surprise by trading Tottenham for Toronto aged just 31 in 2014. Defoe struck 11 goals in 19 games but the move quickly turned sour, and he was loaned back to Spurs, before making the switch to Sunderland. Productive stints at Bournemouth and Rangers followed, before Defoe finally ended a fine career back at Sunderland.

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