All the hubbub about his Manchester City loan is in the past, and Frank Lampard is officially training with New York City FC, a bit later than NYC fans had hoped but better late than never.
With the first-year club finding its footing under head coach Jason Kreis, Lampard slipped into practice today as “just another guy” according to second-year MLS player Thomas McNamara.
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Once he hits the small-sized Yankee Stadium pitch for NYC, however, he’ll hardly be able to blend in, as the hopes for Lampard are about as high as possible for a MLS debutant.
Shay Facey knows Lampard from his time at Manchester City, and wasn’t bashful in praising the situation.
“It’s amazing. We’ve been waiting and waiting, as you already know, as well as everyone involved with the club and the fans,” rookie defender Shay Facey said. “Everyone has been really excited and today he’s here, and I’m sure a lot of the guys after training will be talking to him and getting as much out of him as they can.”
…Lampard is expected to make his debut for NYCFC July 12 against Toronto FC at Yankee Stadium. Until then, he will continue to get acclimated to his new teammates and his new surroundings.
“There’s no ego with Frank,” said Facey. “He’s a really nice guy and I think that’s what took him so far in his career. He’s never had much bad things said about him. He’s a really nice guy as well as a world-class footballer. It’s easy to come and blend with our lads.”
Again, no chance that’s happening next weekend at Yankee Stadium. And we can’t wait to observe.