Sky Sports secures US Major League Soccer live broadcast rights

Sky Sports has added to its diet of sporting events after snapping up the live broadcast rights for US Major League Soccer.

The four year deal commences in March allowing fans to keep tabs on the playing careers of former England stars such as Steven Gerrard, who is upping sticks to play for LA Galaxy and Frank Lampard who is set to cross the pond to join New York City.

Sky Sports managing director Barney Francis said: “Football in the US and Canada has enormous potential for growth and we can’t wait to bring this competition to our viewers for the first time. Thierry Henry has joined us, he created fantastic memories in MLS, and we look forward to seeing more of those great stories from across the Atlantic.

“We offer an unrivalled range of sport across our seven channels and we are always looking to offer more choice. After recently adding football from Holland, Italy and UEFA European qualifiers, we are delighted to now add MLS to that list.”

It comes amidst a flurry of rights agreements signed by the broadcaster including deals to screen international and domestic cricket with the ECB, live coverage of the Open Championship from 2017 and an enhanced partnership with the Premier League.

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