Five English footballers playing in the MLS

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Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard said goodbye to the Premier League at the end of the season and will be heading out to the United States to join New York City and LA Galaxy, repec

Nigel Reo-Coker (Montreal Impact)

The former England U21 captain moved to America in 2013 and is already starring for his 3rd MLS club, Montreal Impact, after spells with Vancouver Whitecaps and the now defunct Chivas USA. Reo-Coker took the rare decision to move to America while approaching his footballing prime and at the age of 31 the former Wimbledon, Aston Villa & West Ham footballer still has a good few years left in him. Montreal may find themselves in a lowly 8th place in the Eastern Conference but the midfielder did get to play in the Impact’s heroic run to the final of the CONCACAF Champions League. Switched to a defensive role, he tried in vain as Club America came from behind to win the tie 5-3 on aggregate.

Bradley Wright-Phillips (New York Red Bulls)

Son of the legendary Ian Wright, Bradley Wright-Phillips was tipped to be a star in the making when he broke through at Man City. However, as his elder brother Shaun earned rave reviews for his performances with The Sky Blues, Bradley found himself unable to live up to the hype and dropped down the divisions to play for Southampton and Plymouth. A productive 2 years at Charlton where he scored 31 goals in 82 games preceded his move to the New York Red Bulls. In his two seasons in the MLS the centre forward has finally found a stage on which to shine, playing alongside Thierry Henry until his recent retirement. Wright-Phillips has scored 33 goals for the Red Bulls so far and has become the 1st Englishman to score a hat-trick in the MLS.

Tyrone Mears (Seattle Sounders)

Sounders new right back Tyrone Mears has made a great start to his MLS career, helping his new club to the top of the Western Conference. While at Derby County Mears caused controversy when he forced through a loan move to French side Marseille. The move proved unsuccessful and he returned to England to play for Burnley and Bolton before making the 4,609 mile journey to the north west coast of the United States.

Lewis Neal & Martin Paterson (Orlando City)

The two former Stoke City players have both taken different paths in their respective careers before being reunited in Orlando. Neal played for lower league sides Preston, Carlisle & Shrewsbury before joining Orlando when they were in the USL. A successful two year spell with D.C. Utd followed before he moved back to represent the Florida club in their debut MLS season. Paterson managed a more successful spell in England, scoring goals for Scunthorpe, Burnley and Huddersfield as well as becoming a regular for Northern Ireland. Both players are currently enjoying playing for the 2nd best supported club in the US and lining up alongside Brazilian international superstar Kaka.

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Frank Lampard
Nigel Reo-Coker
Tyrone Mears
MLS Western Conference
Thierry Henry
Steven Gerrard
MLS Eastern Conference
Bradley Wright-Phillips
Thierry Henry
Lewis Neal
Martin Paterson

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