Frank Lampard signs with NYCFC, becomes club’s second DP

20140724-124410-45850584.jpg

By Eric Giacometti
Staff Writer

BROOKLYN, NY – New York City FC announced Thursday morning the singing of the team’s second designated player, World Cup and English Premier League veteran Frank Lampard.

The long-rumored target was strongly linked to the New York club in recent months, with speculation at his highest just after the conclusion of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Now officially a member of NYCFC, the 36-year-old midfielder claims he is ready for the next challenge in his illustrious career.

“I am really excited about joining New York City FC and helping to play a real part in building something special in one of the sporting capitals of the world,” Lampard said in a club statement. “The passion of the nation’s fans at the World Cup was second to none and I am looking forward to meeting New Yorkers and tapping into their love of the game.

Currently the most prolific goal-scoring midfielder in Premier League history, Lampard will take his talents to the Bronx starting with the upcoming 2015 MLS campaign. As the second designated player to sign for the New York club, Lampard will combine with fellow World Cup veteran David Villa in the hopes of bringing their international successes to Major League Soccer.

“It is going to be an exhilarating opportunity for us all to create this fantastic new MLS Club, in a league that is growing quickly in popularity and ability,” Lampard stated. “Hopefully my experience can help us have an impact in my first season. I love a challenge and being competitive and I know everyone at New York City FC does too. I am sure we will make the city and our fans proud.”

For head coach Jason Kreis, the opportunity to work with Lampard is one that he relishes not only for his talents on the pitch, but what he will bring to the training ground day in and day out.

“Frank has a tremendous appetite for the game,” he said. “That will be an enormous help not only to me and the coaching staff but also the rest of the players, particularly the younger ones who can look up to Frank and attempt to emulate his achievements. He has just come from the World Cup and still very much at the top of his game. His desire and work ethic will be infectious.”

After winning the Premier League title thrice and hoisting a Champions Leauge trophy for his previous club, Chelsea, Lampard has become an icon for the London based club. NYCFC Sporting Director Claudio Reyna is hoping they will see more of the same as he makes the jump across the pond.

“I am delighted Frank has joined us, he was an obvious choice,” Reyna stated. “I have played against him many times and can vouch for his quality. Frank is one of the best midfielders to have played the modern game, a legend in England and hopefully he will become one here, too.”

  • Holy crap the 9/11 story has gone from local to global, his half hearted apology won’t help either.