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New York City FC Signs England Veteran Midfielder Frank Lampard

frank lampard new york city fc 600x375 New York City FC Signs England Veteran Midfielder Frank Lampard

MLS team New York City FC today announced the signing of England veteran midfielder Frank Lampard on a two-year contract.

Lampard, who holds the record as Chelsea’s all-time leading goalscorer, was unveiled as New York City FC’s newest signing, where he’ll join the club in 2015 alongside David Villa.

Lampard, 36, won 3 Premier League titles, 4 FA Cup trophies, 2 League Cups, 1 UEFA Champions League and 1 Europa League trophy. In 2005, he was named the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year. For the England national team, he earned 106 caps and scored 29 goals, making him England’s highest scoring midfielder in the history of the national team.

Although Lampard hasn’t publicly announced his intentions yet, it’s believed that Lampard will follow Steven Gerrard and will announce his international retirement shortly.

While Lampard will no doubt excel on the pitch at New York City FC, there are still question marks regarding the decision to sign Lampard given his disrespectful behavior in September, 2001. He, along with three Chelsea teammates, were fined two weeks wages by the club for drunken abuse in a hotel near Heathrow Airport in England. He reportedly abused American tourists who were stranded in England after the 9/11 terrorist attack shut down air traffic to the United States. Lampard and his teammates were on a drunken binge.

At the time, a Chelsea spokesperson explained the incident, stating:

“They were categorical that in no way had they intended to insult any individuals and they said that they certainly didn’t abuse anyone.

“They were loud between themselves but they, like everyone at the club, have been as hurt and moved by what has happened in the United States as anyone else.

“Their behavior was totally out of order but there is no way that the players went out to insult or abuse anyone.”

New York City’s debut season begins in the spring of 2015.

Watch the press conference regarding Lampard’s unveiling here:

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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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10 Responses to New York City FC Signs England Veteran Midfielder Frank Lampard

  1. Justin says:

    Why the MLS drops this kind of money on players over 35 is beyond me.

    • Christopher Harris says:

      They’re thinking short-term. They’re focused on selling season tickets and acquiring sponsors, as well as making a splash in the media with big names. In the short term, it’ll work out. Long-term, they’ll try to take many of the promising youth players from Manchester City to help develop them here, so they’re looking to strike a balance between veterans and youth.

      It’s the New York market, so they’re trying to make a big splash.

  2. Opti says:

    LOL. NYCFC is 80% owned by Man City Owners…

  3. goatslookshifty says:

    Lamps’ England retirement decision was already made when he signed on at MLS but
    I’ve got no problem with him joining MLS at 36. He’s won the lot and deserves a few more years on good dough. As long as he bangs in a typical Lampard goal every now and then, he’ll be loved in NYC like Beckham was in LA. He’s one of England’s best club players.

  4. Total Relegation @totalrelegation says:

    LA Galaxy signed one of the most popular soccer players in the world and 7 years after that experiment it did nothing for MLS. Ratings are in the garbage but yet MLS continues to go with this failing formula.

    • goatslookshifty says:

      It worked out well for Beckham, as it will for Lampard. Beckham is a household name in the U.S. now. Frankly, I’m not bothered about their influence on MLS or whether it moves the league forward. All I’m sayins some players deserve a few more years playing football. Lampard is one of them.

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