Frank Lampard continues to make a mockery of his being awarded the title of ‘Worst MLS signing ever’ back in April by continuing to rampage through American defences this season.
Last night he scored his 10th and 11th goals in only his 16th appearance of the season for New York City FC as they came back from a 2-1 deficit in the dying minutes against D.C. United.
In what is a star-studded clip, the first goal shows Lampard ghost into the box and latch onto a loose ball after team-mate David Villa had failed to control it. Lampard dispatches it with aplomb, much to the delight of his manager Patrick Viera.
These huge names, combined with the packed crowds celebrating wildly as well as Sky Sports recent commitment to broadcast MLS games shows that football is continuing to grow in popularity in America.
Fans’ enthusiasm has also seemingly rubbed off on the likes of Lampard, who had been heavily criticised for not prioritising his club when he instead chose to be a pundit for the BBC’s coverage of the 2016 World Cup.
The euphoric scene, particularly after the second goal, where Lampard runs off towards the adoring crowd shows that it is a relationship that has fully healed while his play suggests he should not be confined to the punditry box anytime soon.
Vincent Whelan, Pundit Arena