The MLS won’t be a walk in the park for the Premier League duo.
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard and on-loan Manchester City star Frank Lampard will make the lucrative move to the MLS at the end of the season, but former Everton star Adrian Heath and Orlando City boss claims playing in the States is no retirement holiday.
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The MLS has become renowned for welcoming the finest footballers the game has seen in their final playing days – including David Beckham, Thierry Henry and David Villa.
Heath, however, has warned Gerrard and Lampard that they must understand that the MLS is a “very competitive league”, and shouldn’t be taken lightly, claiming, “If anyone in England thinks they will come here and it will be easy, they will be in for a big surprise,” in an interview with The Sun.
“The days of coming over at 35 and thinking it’s going to be nice and easy for the last two or three years of your career are long gone. That’s finished.
The Lions boss also mentions how challenging Henry found his time in the league, adding, “Thierry said that if people think it’s easy playing in the MLS then they should go and try it.”
“You travel to an away game and every time it is like flying from the UK to Russia!
“There’s also the conditions. One week you can play in Florida in 90 degree heat then next week you travel six hours north where they have two foot of snow.
“And then there’s the time-zones. It’s hard for people to understand. Plus, the players are getting better.”
With the pair boasting a wealth of experience at the very highest level of football – including both Champions League winners – we think the Premier League legends will adapt to the States just fine.