By Jonathan Davies
Sky Sports has won the rights to broadcast US Major League Soccer (MLS) football matches for the first time.
It comes just weeks after Sky Sports was a key part of the record £5bn TV broadcast deal for the Premier League.
Sky Sports will show MLS fixtures over the next four seasons, starting with the new season which starts in March.
Two of the Premier League's biggest stars over the past decade, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard, are set to move to the MLS in the summer.
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.”
Gary Stevenson, President and Managing Director, MLS Business Ventures, said: “As MLS continues to grow into a global brand, we are excited to partner with Sky Sports, a leader in the UK TV market, to bring the sport to millions of soccer fans.
“2015 is a milestone year for MLS including new stars, new clubs and a new brand. Sky Sports will help continue to grow the League and its Clubs worldwide.”
David Beckham, a Sky Sports ambassador who played in the MLS for LA Galaxy, said: "This is another important moment that shows the continued growth of MLS. I have seen first-hand how popular soccer has become in America. Having fantastic partners such as Sky Sports on board will not only add to the coverage of the game, it will also broaden its appeal outside of US."