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Beckham has helped the growth of MLS - Chelsea's Lampard

Frank Lampard believes that Major League Soccer has a lot to owe to David Beckham for helping the growth of the game in North America.

The Chelsea veteran, who scored in his side's 3-2 loss to the MLS All-Stars on Wednesday night, spoke very highly of his former England teammate about the positive influence he has had on the game since arriving in 2007.

"David Beckham has been a huge influence on the game in terms of taking it worldwide and bringing a lot of attention, which has then lifted the level of players which have been brought here to MLS," said Lampard.

"You've been able to bring in the stars from abroad particularly David Beckham and Thierry Henry. Huge names that have come here to play their football relatively young with a lot to give and I think that pushed the league and brought the standard up.

"Back home, we can watch an MLS game or two when a couple of years back, we couldn't do that. Gradually, bit by bit, the league is growing and there are a lot more people that are taking notice."

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Andrew Slevison
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