West Ham striker Dean Ashton believes the USA's MLS is now becoming a genuine career option for British players.
"I think a lot of people were surprised that David Beckham came over here," he said.
"They felt like he could still play a part in European football but I think he's shown already that he's made a great decision and he's definitely helped the MLS and helped the profile in England as well."
Ashton revealed that Beckham's success had also got a lot of players of all ages in the English leagues talking about following the former Manchester United star across the Atlantic.
"Everyone is talking about it and younger and younger players want to come over here now.
"It's a great lifestyle, the football is getting better and better all the time and the feedback to all the players in England is that it's an up-and-coming league and it's really somewhere to be at the moment, but that depends on the player himself."