Following the typical MLS theme of getting players that are in the twilight of their careers, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard were brought over to show their class in a subpar league. Unfortunately for all involved, the experiment to bring arguably two of the best English midfielders of all-time (behind Paul Scholes) was more of just an expensive failure.
The LA Galaxy was searching for a midfielder that could make the difference as the losses of Juninho and Marcelo Sarvas in the middle of the pitch really hurt the side. Seeing Steven Gerrard as the prodigal son of Liverpool, LA was hoping to have him recreate some of his magical form for the Galaxy.
Injuries limited the former Liverpool legend to few appearances and a couple decent goals, but he still was able to collect a fat paycheck.
On the other hand, Frank Lampard was joining an NYCFC side that was trying to build something with the Don, Andrea Pirlo, and David Villa. Super Frank did have moments of brilliance and actually had a great year in 2016 with 12 goals and two assists in 21 appearances in the MLS, but the impact was not there for either Englishman.
David Beckham was brought in the MLS to be the fucking baller and icon that he is as well as transform American soccer for the better. He was able to develop the game and his presence will forever be one of the causes for the growth of American soccer.
Lampard and Gerrard simply don’t have the same appeal as Golden Balls. Yes, they both have cult followings from their time at Chelsea and Liverpool, respectively, but they aren’t as marketable and that is what’s important to the MLS.
In the end, neither led their sides to MLS Cup glory with both experiencing early exits in both playoff runs. What’s next for both?
Steven Gerrard & Frank Lampard both confirm they are leaving the MLS.
Coincidence? I think not! pic.twitter.com/FfAkSPEjV6
— Footy Memes (@FootyMemes) November 14, 2016
Neither player is young anymore (but both players could still do more than Rooney in the middle of the pitch) and they are in the twilights of their careers.
Frank Lampard won’t retire, but find another team to play for to finish his career. Steven Gerrard will retire and return to Liverpool to coach and show the side how not to win a league title.
Both Englishman came to America with such high expectations, but leave with full pockets and hardly anything else to show for it.