Wo-oah, I’m an alien, I’m an illegal alien, I’m an Englishman in New York . Or so sang Sting. Well, Pies has compiled a list of Englishmen, Scotsmen and Welshmen who have been sighted in various locations around the USA. Here are the Brits who made their mark on the MLS before David Beckham had arrived.
1 Daniele Dichio
Dichio had slipped off the radar of most football fans with a quiet couple of years at Preston North End during which he scored just five goals. The former QPR man sneaked off to Toronto in April and has already scored five goals in his first 12 games, becoming Toronto’s star player. There is currently a feature on him and Terry Cooke on BBC Sport .
2 Terry Cooke
As we have just mentioned him, Cooke might as well come in at number two. He was one of Manchester United’s golden generation who didn’t reach the heights of some of his youth team contemporaries. He was eventually shipped off to Manchester City. Destined to trawl around the English lower league for all eternity, Cooke made his break in 2005 and headed to Colorado Rapids. After taking some time to settle, the 30-year-old is now – according to some soccer websites – ‘the MLS’ leading assist man’.
3 John Cunliffe
A former Manchester United and Blackburn Rovers trainee, Cunliffe took a different route than most to the MLS by going through the US college system. The 22-year-old went to the University of Colorado on a football scholarship. After finishing college he was selected by LA Galaxy’s city rivals Chivas USA in the first round of the draft. He has begun to establish himself at the club, making nine appearances so far this