Football is a funny game. One minute you could be struggling to make an impact in League One then the next you’re a hero to thousands of over enthusiastic Americans. Such is life. Over the last few years more and more English players have been finding success in the MLS, and these three are some of the most random selections of them all.
If you're now looking at this article in utter confusion and thinking "wait, who?" then don't worry, you aren't alone. Jack Barmby started his career at Manchester United where he spent five years in their youth system before being chucked around a range of different football league sides like a rag doll. Turns out, he's not actually all that bad and he's currently giving things a go abroad for the Portland Timbers. He seems to be doing pretty well over there and it's a far cry from his days of not being able to even make an impact for the likes of Notts County and Rotherham United. Source: Oregon Live
Believe it or not, Tyrone Mears has actually been playing professionally for over 15 years. After floundering around for a long time Mears was eventually snapped up by the Seattle Sounders in 2015 where he still plays to this day as a right-back. The 33-year-old has stated in recent interviews that he is happy as can be in Seattle and who could blame him. A great city, great fans and people probably treating him like a Greek god. Oh America. Source: Alchetron
Liam Ridgewell is more commonly known as that arsehole who thinks he's bigger than everyone and has whored himself out to three of the four big Midlands clubs. But I digress, no problems on this end. None whatsoever. Even if he is a bit of dick, Ridgewell has made himself indispensable to the Portland Timbers, and is even their captain! Source: The Score
If you've ever wondered what the cure is for being released by Sheffield Wednesday, I'm here to tell you that the answer may very well be to move to Orlando. Source: Orlando Sentinel
This one is the definition of "How the hell did that happen?". Bradley Wright-Phillips never quite found his feet anywhere and was always being compared to older brother Shaun, and ironically nowadays Bradley is probably considered the more successful of the two. In 2013 he made the switch over to the MLS to play for New York Red Bulls, and astonishingly over time he grew to be known as one of the best players in the history of the club. Wait, what? But when, where, how?