Frank Lampard is (finally) off the mark in Major League Soccer.
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I say, “finally,” because it seems forever since he “signed for” New York City FC — there was that whole “loan” ordeal with Manchester City, of course — but in reality, it took the Chelsea and England legend just 253 minutes into his NYCFC career to score his first MLS goal (below video).
That goal, 15 months in the making as it was, came Wednesday night when Chelsea’s all-time leading goalscorer (212 goals) bagged a classically “Lampard goal,” a bouncing, placed finish from a half-volley that snuck inside the far post and gave NYCFC a 1-0 lead over Toronto FC.
Andrea Pirlo was credited with an assist on the play, for his looping through ball to RJ Allen inside the penalty area. It was Pirlo’s third assist since coming to MLS this summer.