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New York City FC to announce “major signing” on Thursday… Frank Lampard?

Jul 23, 2014, 1:16 PM EST

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On Thursday New York City FC will announce a “major player signing” as Jason Kreis continues to shape his squad ahead of their inaugural MLS season in 2015.

No official confirmation has arrived yet on who the player is, but all signs point towards Frank Lampard arriving. Especially after Barcelona’s Xavi Hernandez is said to have pulled out of a move to NYC FC on Tuesday.

[RELATED: Villa signs for NYC FC]

Sporting Director Claudio Reyna and Kreis will unveil the new star on Thursday morning at the wonderful Pier 5 development at Brooklyn Bridge Park. That backdrop of Manhattan and the East River should provide one of the grandest player unveiling’s in MLS history.

Speculation is rife that Lampard, 36, will be announced as New York’s second Designated Player after Spanish national team legend David Villa became their first player earlier this summer. Lampard is a free agent after leaving Premier League outfit Chelsea at the end of last season, and is searching for a new club after returning from the World Cup with England.

It is thought that along with Villa, the English midfielder would be loaned out to City’s sister club Melbourne in the A-League between now and the 2015 MLS season beginning next March.

With excitement building ahead of NYC FC’s arrival into the league next season, the club jointly-owned by Manchester City and the Yankees are trying to assemble their first-ever squad as quickly as possible. Right now they have just three players on board, Villa, right back Jeb Brovsky and goalkeeper Josh Saunders.

Lampard would certainly be a big draw for fans across the globe. In 13 seasons at Chelsea he won the UEFA Champions League, the Europa League, three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups and became the top scorer in club history from midfield.

Let’s see if Lampard will be suiting up at Yankee Stadium for NYC FC next season…

  1. gla1967 - Jul 23, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    Why did the owners of NYCFC not build a soccer-specific stadium?

    • judgereed - Jul 23, 2014 at 5:11 PM

      That’s the plan, they just need to get a location locked down. Even then it will still be 3-4 seasons out. Which hopefully its not to late at that point..

    • mvktr2 - Jul 23, 2014 at 5:11 PM

      Even if they were building it there wouldn’t be time to complete it.

      To answer your questions … POLITICIANS and a system where coerced subjects of state authority don’t possess actual rights of ownership over property holdings. Translation: the right palms haven’t been greased yet in one of the biggest political quagmires on earth. They will build it.

  2. bobinkc - Jul 23, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    Great! Another retiree who will play 1 or 2 seasons at most and then slip away as he becomes less and less capable and less able to keep up with the 17, 18, and 19s that are on the way up, having been home-grown in MLS club systems. For all you fans who want your squad to play a squad of retirees, a rousing Bronx cheer to you.

  3. mathias28 - Jul 23, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    another old guy who comes to the US only to have a taste of living here, like kaka and xavi theyre players to fill stadiums in the country but nothing more than that, theyre done in europe and they come only for commodity of a league where they just have to show up at stadium and forget about running and fighting everyball, its a shame that this is getting into a show more than a really competitive league, its like they just trying to show off and not looking for the football and league growth. this is getting boring for all those like me and many others that likes high performance and quality football

    • lostintransocean - Jul 23, 2014 at 5:49 PM

      You have no clue what you’re talking about.

  4. lostintransocean - Jul 23, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    Lampard may be Kreis’ new Beckerman. Considering the terms of Xavi’s new contract at Barca, he may be Kreis’ new Morales.

  5. 407magic - Jul 24, 2014 at 1:58 AM

    Kaka is only 32. He’s got a good 3-4 yrs in him for MLS Brazil could of used him and robhino who is 30 to score some goals for them in the WC. Lol hulk and Fred? Homie please lol

  6. 407magic - Jul 24, 2014 at 2:01 AM

    You can’t compare pro European or South American futbol to MLS. Maybe in 100 yrs. it’s just not going to happen anytime soon. So enjoy the MLS for what it is.

  7. enzocerto - Jul 24, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    Jozy Altidore should be NYCFC’s next target

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