Frank Lampard leaves New York City FC

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by CHRISTIAN ARAOS

Frank Lampard will leave New York City FC at the end of the year. In an Instagram post, Lampard thanked teammates and club members for helping him settle in at the club. Lampard said he will announce his next career move soon.

Lampard made 31 appearances over two seasons with NYCFC, scoring 15 goals. He was the club’s second Designated Player signing in 2014 but did not begin playing until July 2015 after his contract with Manchester City had been extended. He missed portions of the 2015 and 2016 season due to calf injuries but was a regular in the team’s run to this season’s MLS Cup Playoffs.

“Everybody talks about Frank’s goal-scoring record from midfield but I can tell you after a year of working with him, he brings so much more to a team than just goals,” head coach Patrick Vieira said. “What Frank has brought to the locker room is something just as important – his experience, his elite mentality and his mentorship for the younger members of our squad have helped us greatly this year.

“It is clear that Frank has embraced playing in this league and for this club. I am grateful for his service in my first year here and I wish him the very best in whatever he chooses to do next.”

Lampard’s departure will open up a Designated Player spot for NYCFC to fill in the offseason. The club is using its other two spots on David Villa and Andrea Pirlo.

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