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Frank Lampard close to completing move to NYCFC

Jul 19, 2014, 6:59 AM EDT

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New York City FC won’t play its first game until 2015, but that isn’t stopping the club from adding plenty of star power to its roster. The latest player set to join their ranks is Frank Lampard, who should complete his move next week.

Lampard, Chelsea’s all-time leading goalscorer, has been without a club since the end of June, after being released from the Blues. The 36-year-old won three Premier League titles as well as both the Champions League and Europa League trophies in his thirteen years with Chelsea. He also has over 100 caps for England and has appeared in the last three World Cups, although he only saw the pitch against Costa Rica while in Brazil.

Should Lampard complete his signing with NYCFC, he will join up with the club’s first signing David Villa. The former Barcelona and Atlético Madrid forward is set to go on loan with A-League side Melborne City, New York’s sister club. Lampard could very well join Villa there as a stop-gap before the 2015 Major League Soccer season begins.

Considering head coach Jason Kreis declared NYCFC will have three designated players in its first season, you have to wonder who else might end up playing for the club. There’ve long been rumors linking them to Xavi Hernandez, who looks set to leave Barcelona — but who also could well be on his way to Qatar. It’s also possible that the connection to Manchester City could pay off come winter, when marginal players elect to move to New York for more chance at playing time.

Who would you like to see NYCFC pick up before their first match?

  1. drewvt6 - Jul 19, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    Going to be interesting to see how this trio of world class players handles the rough road of an all new squad. The concept of an expansion team is foreign to Euro teams. I wonder if they even understand what it means. Or if they think “oh this team is getting promoted from the USA’s championship.”

  2. danielk1 - Jul 19, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    James Rodriguez!

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