Lampard brace leads NYCFC to dramatic win over DC

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

The Bronx – Make that 302 goals.

Frank Lampard ended Frank Lampard Day with a stoppage time winner to clinch a stunning 3–2 win for New York City FC Thursday night against DC United.

Lampard scored twice in the final five minutes as NYCFC turned a 1–0 deficit into a 2–1 lead before conceding an equalizer seconds into second half stoppage time. Lampard received a pass from Khiry Shelton, faked to his left forcing his defender to slide and then beat Bill Hamid to his right, adding two more goals on a night celebrating his 300 goal landmark.

“It wasn’t a pretty game, I don’t think we played our best football but sometimes it’s important to win when you don’t play well,” head coach Patrick Vieira said. “Tonight we showed a lot of character, desire and passion.”

Lloyd Sam opened the scoring in the 36th minute allowing D.C. United to comfortably sit deep and defend. Meanwhile, NYCFC struggled to create chances. Thomas McNamara had a curled shot tipped over the crossbar by Hamid in their only chance of the first half. City were fortunate to only concede once as Josh Saunders failed to control a long throw-in, forcing a goal-line clearance from McNamara. Patrick Mullins nearly scored against the team that traded him with the last kick of the half but Saunders deflected the shot over the crossbar.

Vieira said City played too passively in the first half so he made three changes at halftime. McNamara and Andoni Iraola were substituted and Jefferson Mena moved from right back to left back switching with R.J. Allen. The switches did little to reduce City’s problems and Sam nearly doubled the lead eleven minutes into the second half.

“We were down in the first half but our mentality changed in the second half and we wanted the win more,” Andrea Pirlo said.

NYCFC grew into the game more as the half wore on. Jack Harrison made dangerous crosses from left wing that went begging. Second half substitute Steven Mendoza added an attacking dimension. David Villa had a shot from six yards blocked by Jalen Robinson.

Finally, the break through arrived. The Pigeons would be gifted the equalizer in the 79th minute when Villa intercepted an errant back pass from Mishu and finished his breakaway.

Lampard gave City the lead in the 85th minute after Villa slipped the ball for him to finish from inside the area. Lamar Neagle headed in a corner to level the score at two seconds into stoppage time. Yet Lampard, who received a proclamation from the Mayor’s Office before the game officially naming September 1st in his honor, completed his brace moments later.

“Good teams and big teams come back from bad moments,” Lampard said. “Orlando was a bad moment for us, we weren’t our best then and again in the first half today. It was important for us to show a bit of spirit to change the game with desire, good play and that’s a huge result for us…It’s a great step forward for us and we need to continue with that.”

With the win, NYCFC move back into first in the Eastern Conference with 44 points. They will travel to New England to take on the Revolution Saturday Sept. 10.

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  • Larry\’s A Simpleton

    Best midfield player to ever play in New York City!

    #LEGEND

  • Friday Night Lights fucking sucks

    worst signing in league history

    • Larry\’s A Simpleton

      Try and keep up, will ya?

      #SUPERFRANKLAMPARD

      • slowleftarm

        As a RBNY fan even I have to admit that it’s tough to call Fat Frank the worst signing in league history. Not because he’s been good but because there have been plenty of other bad signings. At this point he’s probably better than Rafa – at least Fat Frank hasn’t got himself sent off on purpose in the playoffs (which Rafa did two years in a row).

        • Georgie Porgie

          We will rule NY and have a championshop before your pathetic team.

          • slowleftarm

            How quickly the 7-0 and 4-1 beatings have been forgotten by NYYFC fans puffing out their chests. Or maybe it’s just the raw chicken that’s gone to their heads.

            • Georgie Porgie

              yea you sure know something about beating something don’t ya snowflake ?

              • slowleftarm

                Is snowflake an insult? I’ve never heard anyone except you say that Angry Bill

                • Anthony

                  Dude give it a rest. You are very boring and repetitive. Like a Parrot. Just shut up !