Lampard out vs. Orlando City, Josh Williams waived

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The wait for Frank Lampard continues.

According to New York Post reporter Brian Lewis, the former Chelsea midfielder is once again out of the lineup for this weekend’s Orlando City, New York City FC clash.

The news comes as little surprise. Lampard has missed training all of this week, electing instead to train alone and focus on his injured calf ahead of this week’s fixture. Nevertheless, fans held out hope as the club refused to rule him out of action as late as Friday of this week.

His presence will be sorely missed, particularly considering how short handed the club will be. Both Ned Grabavoy and Jason Hernandez will be out serving suspensions while Khiry Shelton continues his recovery from a left quad strain and Mix Diskerud continues his work with the U.S. Men’s National Team in Gold Cup action.

Andrea Pirlo, meanwhile, remains in selection for the side and Javier Calle appears in full health.

JOSH WILLIAMS WAiVED

New York City FC trimmed their roster late Friday night, waived fullback Josh Williams.

Williams made five appearances for NYCFC this season, starting in all five occasions. NYCFC originally acquired the 27-year-old in a trade from the Columbus Crew for on Dec. 8, 2014.

Williams suffered a bout with viral pericarditis before succumbing to an abductor strain that sidelined him from the team for weeks. He began the season as the starter at right back before injuries and illness took him out of the equation.

There is no word where Williams will land next. Stay with EoS for more.

  • Jack

    It’s getting harder for me to support this club. I’m a season ticket holder and I’m very upset on how this team is being run. Lampard has been out of NYCFC for a year since we supposedly signed him; and I bet he will start in the All Star game before every playing for NYCFC or for the MLS.

    Don Garber needs to go, he has been the worst thing for the MLS. All he has done is expand teams and sign ridiculous contracts to line is pocket. i.e. Adidas having a monopoly in MLS.

    • Frank Lampard

      Ha ha!

      I am robbing you fools blind!

      Ha ha!

    • Johnny Feelgood

      ‘It’s getting harder …?’ You’ve been a season ticket holder for like 10 minutes. Are you for real? Lol

    • El CB

      Don’t forget all the new stadiums that have been built. The one thing that Garber and many of the cheapo MLS owners have not done is significantly improve the quality of the play on the field. While obviously MLS did not want to repeat the mistake made by the old NASL of spending themselves into oblivion, it seems that MLS has gone too far in the other direction. You are fortunate that at least NYCFC is willing to spend $ on star impact players (although the Lampard thing is ludicrous). Along with LA, Seattle and Toronto they have shown a commitment to putting the best team possible on the pitch for their fans. You would be far more frustrated if, like me, you were a Red Bull watching a billionaire ownership adopting a cheapass business plan that has had the result of providing us with an ordinary, and typically unentertaining team that has no quality impact player providing field leadership and creative playmaking.

      • Damn, I’m an official El CB fan.

        “MLS did not want to repeat the mistake made by the old NASL of spending themselves into oblivion, it seems that MLS has gone too far in the other direction…”

        “You would be far more frustrated if, like me, you were a Red Bull watching a billionaire ownership adopting a cheapass business plan that has had the result of providing us with an ordinary, and typically unentertaining team that has no quality impact player…”

        DEAD ON!!!!

  • zensum

    Wow…they do appear to be continuing the strategy they’ve employed from day one….hyping appearances by the top stars to sell tickets (first season seats…now game tickets) while knowing the players are not likely to participate…

    Has helped produce impressive attendance numbers…but seems kind of cold-blooded to me…

  • Nobody Ever

    Who could have possibly predicted this?

  • Johnny Feelgood

    Ol’ Lamp and I are hitting a hip sushi joint in the village. After that we’re off to a cool coffee shop right in Brooklyn.
    Tomorrow we’ll hit some ironic antique shops. God I’m in love. Thank God he’s not playing. I could just eat him up!!!

  • Andrea Pirlo

    I just noticed my team plays bad. I’m here for the money anyways.