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England’s golden generation to head Stateside?

With three of England’s most experienced talents possibly heading to MLS, we take a look at where their talents would be best suited.

England’s golden generation has passed, and with the new crop of players coming through, there is no need for the likes of Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard or Rio Ferdinand to stay in England.

The money is in England with these three veterans still demanding a high wage bill, however, with the expansion teams planned in MLS there will be a need to promote the new franchises.

And what better way to promote a new team than to have a 100-cap England international on the roster.

When David Beckham joined LA Galaxy in 2007 many viewed it as a transfer for purely commercial gain. However, ‘Goldenballs’ inspired the Galaxy to two titles in 2011 and 2012.

The signing of Beckham prompted a complete re-branding of the franchise in 2007 and also Major League Soccer, as he spearheaded an MLS popularity boost. Could Ferdinand, Lampard and Cole do the same with other franchises across the league?

The only problem lies in that all three are linked with the New York Red Bulls, and they only have one designated player spot left.

This is where I think each player would thrive the most:

Rio Ferdinand: New York Red Bulls

Ferdinand is the favourite for the New York move as the Red Bulls are desperate for a solid centre-back.

The 35-year-old would sure up the defence of the Red Bulls and provide direction for the all-out attacking force they have at their disposal.

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(Photo: “On my way” – Ferdinand looks set to join MLS this summer and would be perfect in New York with the Red Bulls)

Ashley Cole: New England Revolution

Cole would be another good addition for the Red Bulls, but ‘Rio’ should be their priority.

Cole would be more suited for the New England Revolution, who have only filled one designated player slot, and the Chelsea defender could keep them on track for success this season.

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(Photo: Ashley Cole could still make the move across the Atlantic and New England would be a good fit for the left-back)

Frank Lampard: Montreal Impact

Frank Lampard is a tricky one as not many teams would want to take on a central midfielder that’s 36 next month.

However, if he were to head Stateside, he would surely play in his usual advanced role and sit behind a striker.

Montreal Impact are desperate for goals this season and a name like Lampard’s would strike fear into opposition, while ‘Lamps’ has also expressed an interest in playing for Beckham’s proposed Miami franchise, though this will surely come too late for the midfield veteran.

(Photo: Lampard’s future is still undecided, and could be another to head out to the US this summer)

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About Jamie Ives (317 Articles)

MLS expert and writer for mlsgb.com. All views are my own

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