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Sky Sports to show MLS live as broadcasters win TV rights to show Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard

British football fans will still be able to watch Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard when they head to America after Sky Sports won the exclusive rights to broadcast live Major League Soccer from the start of this season.

 

Sky have signed a four-year deal to show exclusively live games from the MLS from March when the season kicks off.

 

Former England internationals Gerrard and Lampard join the league in July once they have finished playing in the Premier League.

 

 Gerrard will link up with former Liverpool team-mate Robbie Keane at defending MLS champions LA Galaxy and Lampard will team up with David Villa at New York City for their inaugural season in the league.

 

David Beckham, who played for LA Galaxy, welcomed the news, saying: ‘This is another important moment that shows the continued growth of MLS.

 

‘I have seen first-hand how popular soccer has become in America. Having fantastic partners such as Sky Sports on board will not only add to the coverage of the game, it will also broaden its appeal outside of the US.’

 

While Sky Sports pundit and former New York Red Bulls striker Thierry Henry said: ‘I will never forget my time playing in MLS - it gave me some great memories and I was proud to play a role in growing the game.

 

‘I saw the passion of the fans in the US. They have always had it for other sports but they also have it for football now and it’s going to be huge in years to come. Sky Sports is the best place for the game, to bring it closer to fans in the UK and build MLS even more.’

 

Sky Sports managing director Barney Francis said: 'Football in the US and Canada has enormous potential for growth and we can't wait to bring this competition to our viewers for the first time. Thierry Henry has joined us, he created fantastic mermories in MLS and we look forward to seeing more of those great stories from across the Atlantic.'

 

Source: Daily Mail

 

 

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