“Grateful” Lampard waves goodbye to New York City FC

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Frank Lampard‘s rollercoaster ride in the Big Apple is nearly over.

The English midfielder, 38, will leave New York City FC when his contract expires at the end of this year.

Much maligned during an injury spell to start his tenure in New York, Lampard rebounded to star as one of the more dominant attackers in the league this season.

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“Lamps” scored 12 goals and made 15 starts this season, ending his time in MLS with 15 goals and 4 assists in 29 league matches.

NYCFC sporting director Claudio Reyna lavished praise on Lampard in a post on NYCFC.com:

“On and off the pitch he has been a fantastic ambassador,” said Reyna.

“I would tell any young player to watch Frank, to see how he’s conducted himself over the last two years and to use that as inspiration as to how an elite, professional footballer should approach the game. From the second he walked through the door, he’s set the example.

“Frank will always be part of the history of this club and we thank him for playing an important role in so many special moments in our young history.”

Many were skeptical of Lampard’s chances to succeed, let alone star in MLS, but the big midfielder’s size helped his elite skills stand out when he hit the pitch. Don’t let anyone gloss over his short tenure as anything average or below.