I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – there is a lot of snobbery in Britain at the way so many people dismiss the standard of football in America.

The reality is that soccer is getting stronger all the time in the States and home grown players and big name imports are doing the MLS proud

Texas-born Clint Dempsey, arguably the best player to emerge from the MLS, has been at Fulham since 2007. His second half hat-trick that gunned down Newcastle in a thrilling 5-2 win at the Cottage is only the latest class act by the American.

Meanwhile, a brilliant second half double in Aston Villa’s 3-2 win at Wolves by veteran Republic of Ireland star Robbie Keane, on loan from Los Angeles Galaxy, is proof that playing in the MLS has not held him back.

With Thierry Henry, another star on loan from the MLS, making his mark at Arsenal, there is no shortage of evidence that the perceived gulf in class between the American game and the Premier League is not as big as some people have us believe.

David Beckham, shortlisted for Team GB at the Olympics, has decided to extend his career at LA Galaxy. But who would argue that Becks could not hold his own in the EPL?