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Watch: Relive Some Of The Strangest Moments Involving Top MLS Stars

Watch: Relive Some Of The Strangest Moments Involving Top MLS Stars
Gary Connaughton
By Gary Connaughton
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Over the past decade the MLS has become a retirement home for some of Europe's top footballing stars. With their careers winding down, they head across the water for one final big payday.

While Wayne Rooney has been tearing it up for the last week, there have also been some bizarre moments involving footballers during their stay in the US.

Here are some of the best.

Robbie Keane and Steven Gerrard Take on 25 Kids

Keane and Gerrard were reunited in Los Angeles six years after their brief spell together at Liverpool came to an end. The two developed a bromance for the ages off the pitch, even if Gerrard never quite lived up to the billing upon his arrival.

Their best moment on the field of play probably came when they took on a team of 25 eight year-olds, coming out on top in a 3-2 scoreline.

Just look at that link-up play.

Pelé Stars in Bizarre Pepsi Advert

Brazilian superstar Pelé was the trailblazer of foreign US footballing stars, finishing off his career with a two year spell with New York Cosmos ending in 1977.


His goalscoring record was fantastic in America, finding the back of the net 31 times in 56 appearances despite being 34 years-old when he arrived.

He also made the most of the media opportunities during his stay, starring in this strange Pepsi advert in 1976.

Pelé is not one one to shy away from a television opportunity, also featuring an a commercial for erectile dysfunction many years later. But seriously, who rides a bicycle on a beach?



Andrea Pirlo Defends a Corner


Andrea Pirlo's nonchalant style mesmerised supporter's across Europe for well over a decade, with his set-pieces and passing range more than making up for his lack of work rate.

After becoming a member of New York City FC this playing style continued, only without any of the substance at the end. Perhaps no moment better sums this up than his extreme lack of interest in helping his team defend this corner.


Never change Andrea.

David Beckham Practices His GAA Skills

David Beckham started off a new generation of MLS imports with his move to LA Galaxy in 2007.

His time in LA was largely successful both on and off the pitch, winning two MLS Cups and earning a reported $250 million during his five year stay.


The normally calm Beckham did lose his cool on this occasion, attempting to fight pretty much the whole San Jose Earthquake team (including the mascot).

The incident kicks off after Beckham picks out the backside of a San Jose defender from a beautiful 30 yard kick pass out of the hands, a sideline kick any GAA player would be proud of.


Robbie Keane's Ice Bucket Challenge

We have saved the best for last.

Robbie Keane done a lot of great things during his spell at LA Galaxy, including winning three MLS Cup and an MVP award, but this definitely topped them all.

Why is he at what looks like a frat party? Who cares. Does it matter that this all took place in the middle of the MLS season? Absolutely not.

The nominations as well, two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash and certified madman Mickey Rourke. Robbie definitely made the most of his time in California.

See Also: Harry Redknapp Revealed West Ham's Poor Treatment Of 'Great Bobby Moore'


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