NYCFC Notes: Lampard given “time off,” Harrison trains in full, more

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by CHRISTIAN ARAOS

Where is Frank Lampard? Not at New York City FC training.

Lampard did not train Wednesday and has been given time off as he continues to recover from a lingering calf injury.

“We are a tight team, a really strong team,” NYCFC head coach Patrick Vieira said. “We believe that the only way we can achieve our goal is to stick together. During the season, we’re going to face tough spells and our togetherness will get us through it. Frank is a part of it and I can’t wait for him to get back on the pitch.”

Lampard was not seen at training late last week, though the midfielder has been working individually throughout the season.

Vieira said Lampard is still with the team for some activities.

Jack Harrison trains for the first time

Jack Harrison trained with the rest of the New York City FC squad for the first time Wednesday.

The rookie winger has been training by himself for a few weeks while recovering from a groin injury that kept him sidelined for the entire preseason. Vieira said it was exciting to see Harrison with the team after his time sidelined.

“I’m really pleased to see him on the field because he is a talented young boy,” Vieira said. “He’s just coming in and out this week because we have to look after him. Hopefully for next week, he can be available for selection.”

NYCFC announced it would be placing Harrison on the disabled list before their match with Toronto FC March 13. According to MLS Roster Rules, Harrison will not be eligible for selection City’s match against the Montreal Impact April 27.

Crew SC ‘play some of the best soccer in the league’

Columbus Crew SC and NYCFC find themselves looking for the same things.

Columbus are winless this year while City have failed to win since the season opener. Both sides are creating chances but can’t convert. Vieira said Crew SC are a better team than their current form of two points in five matches would suggest.

“They are not in a position where they are supposed to be,” Vieira said. “I’ve seen all their games and they play some of the best football in the league but they’ve been really unlucky. They create a number of chances and I believe that they will be one of our biggest challenges so far.”

Vieira said Kei Kamara‘s strength as a center forward and Federico Higuain‘s playmaking present the greatest challenges to the NYCFC defense.

  • Joey Ramone (no relation)

    This Lampard thing is only getting funnier and funnier

  • smurf040

    LOL!! This Jerkoff needs time off? from what?? I swear, I better not see any more post from those NYCfc trolls blasting the Redbulls or The Cosmos for that matter. That club, along with their fans are a fucking disgrace! Poor David Villa he must be pulling his hair out! lol!

    • speedyrightleg

      Who would blast the RedBulls? Just because they suck and continue to lose? And the Cosmos were awesome!!!!!…..in the 70’s.

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  • Jack Harrison

    How dare he call me a boy!
    I am a man. I want to be traded.
    My coach is such a loser.

  • slowleftarm

    Hasn’t Fat Frank’s entire time with NYCFC been “time off”?

  • Anthony

    I’d say she is approaching Lothar status, but at least he actually did play and played decently, if only rarely

    • Smith

      He’s in the Marcello Balboa as a Metrostars player category.

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  • Red at the tube bar

    Maybe during his ‘time off’ he can do some sightseeing, perhaps to where the twin towers fell and have a beer and a laugh.

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