Steven Gerrard, David Beckham and Frank Lampard were inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame this week, voted in by fans and the league panel to receive the league’s newest individual honor.
Despite being known for their time in England, these players did in fact form part of Major League Soccer at some point in their career.
Beckham traveled to California in 2007, leaving Real Madrid to play for LA Galaxy. His arrival impacted the league immensely, captivating viewers and influencing other professionals to consider a career in the relatively new North American league. During his five years in MLS, Beckham scored 18 goals and provided 38 assists, while giving LA Galaxy stardom. But his influence went beyond the pitch.
Now, the former Manchester United superstar is co-owner of MLS expansion team Inter Miami FC. Beckham regularly attends the team’s matches, attempting to be as involved as possible in the growth and development of the players and club.
Former Liverpool captain and England national player Steven Gerrard followed in Beckham’s footsteps by signing an 18-month deal with LA Galaxy in 2015. After a 27-year run with Liverpool, the beloved captain sought a challenge with MLS.
He quickly became vital for the Los Angeles team, providing five goals and 14 assists in 62 appearances. He reorganized the midfield, aiding head coach Bruce Arena in revolutionizing the way Galaxy played football. Beyond the field, Gerrard lured crowds of fans to Dignity Health Sports Park.
Before LA Galaxy was considered the go-to team for former Premier League players, Frank Lampard joined New York City FC in early 2015. He lasted two seasons at the club before being loaned out to Manchester City, a club under the same management as NYCFC. During that time, Lampard wowed with 15 goals and four assists in 60 league appearances.
The Premier League Hall of Fame was created to honor players for their memorable on-pitch contributions. Gerrard, Lampard and Beckham will all receive a personalized medallion engraved with the year of induction.