Frank Lampard to Leave New York City FC: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction

New York City FC have confirmed that Frank Lampard is to leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the Major League Soccer season. The team announced the decision on their official Twitter feed: In a statement on the NYCFC website, the 38-year-old thanked those who had made his time with the franchise memorable, saying: My team-mates have been a pleasure to play alongside. The amazing fans have given me incredible support and backing. I have very much enjoyed my time, and I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to play for such a great club and in such an incredible city. Bleacher Report UK also reacted to the news: Lampard, described as "the most prolific goal-scoring midfielder of his generation" in the statement, ends his time as a NYCFC player having turned out 31 times in the sky-blue shirt, scoring an impressive 15 goals in the process. Initially, things were tough in the United States for Lampard, as injury problems and a loan to Manchester City in 2014 did little to curry favour among the New York fanbase. He was even booed by his own supporters in May this year when coming on as a substitute, with the team suffering an embarrassing 7-0 ...
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Roberto Carlos Reportedly Set to Manage David Beckham’s MLS Team in Miami

David Beckham has reportedly singled out his former Real Madrid team-mate Roberto Carlos as the man to manager his Miami franchise. That’s according to Dani Hidalgo of AS, who wrote that while the team is not scheduled to become a part of Major League Soccer until 2018, plenty of planning is being done. It’s said part of that planning is to find a manager, and the legendary Brazil left-back is on Beckham’s shortlist. Carlos is currently in charge of Indian Super League outfit Delhi Dynamos. During his time with Los Blancos, he was revered as the best full-back in world football, winning the UEFA Champions League three times and La Liga four times with the capital club. Additionally, he represented Brazil a whopping 125 times, winning the World Cup in 2002. Hidalgo adds further colour to the reasons why Beckham thinks the 42-year-old is the right man to take on what’ll no doubt be a difficult job. “He [Beckham] has always attributed great importance to the ability of the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson and Carlo Ancelotti to place themselves in their charges' shoes,” he says. “Carlos meets that requirement, and has now built up four years of coaching experience. On top of that, his ...
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LA Galaxy vs. New York City FC: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

Los Angeles Galaxy and New York City FC are set to meet for the first time ever at the StubHub Center, but you suspect this will be the first of many classic encounters these two franchises share in Major League Soccer. Bruce Arena’s Galaxy side are major powerhouses in American soccer, boasting an array of star names, super organisation and a winning mentality. The New York new boys certainly have the former after some exceptional recent acquisitions, but in the embryonic stage of their existence as a football club, are still striving for the latter two. Nonetheless, it’s a game that could have major connotations on the fortunes of both sides as the playoffs creep closer into view. Here’s all the key viewing details for this enticing contest and a closer examination of both teams before the action gets underway.   Date: Sunday, August 23 Time: Noon (Local), 3 p.m. (ET), 8 p.m. (BST) Live Stream: Sky Go (UK), WatchESPN (US) TV Info: Sky Sports (UK), ESPN (US)   Big Names Set to Clash in Los Angeles There aren’t many games in MLS that will command quite as much attention worldwide as this one. The two cities involved are notorious for their sporting pedigree, the supporters of each will provide ...
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Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney Signings Eyed by New Los Angeles MLS Franchise

The Los Angeles football franchise, set to come into existence in 2018, already has big ambitions, with reports suggesting the club are keen on making Cristiano Ronaldo their first-ever registered player, and they want to pair him with former Manchester United team-mate Wayne Rooney. That’s according to Ed Malyon of the Daily Mirror, who cited a source revealing the grand plans for the California outfit: “There seems to be an obsession in LA with landing Ronaldo. The league will be even stronger by then. He'd be a franchise player for them and truly announce their arrival, and they think they can sell him the 'American Dream’.” Malyon also noted that Rooney is another target, and given the England skipper holidays in Los Angeles most years, team officials are hopeful of luring the player to Major League Soccer. As noted recently by Kartik Krishnaiyer of World Soccer Talk, there’s no denying the United States’ top flight is on the rise: The lure of the division has attracted figures such as Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Giovani dos Santos this summer, after all, while Kaka and David Villa are also thriving in their debut campaigns in MLS. But getting someone like Ronaldo would be a hallmark addition ...
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Giovani Dos Santos Transfer News: Latest Rumors on Potential LA Galaxy Move

Giovani dos Santos could become the latest stellar name to join Major League Soccer, with reports linking the Mexico international with a move to LA Galaxy. Continue for updates. Dos Santos Reportedly Agrees Galaxy Switch Wednesday, July 15 According to the Los Angeles Times, (h/t Adam Serrano of a deal was finalized for the player on Tuesday evening. “It’s going to be a challenge for him,” said Galaxy boss Bruce Arena about the move, per the aforementioned piece. “He’s not been at a club yet where he’s had those kind of responsibilities. And he’s in a community where he’s going to be sought after. He’s going to have to be mature about it.” The piece claims the Villarreal man will sign a four-year contract with the MLS outfit and will earn an annual salary of around $6 million. He could apparently make his debut for the club on August 9 against Seattle Sounders. Having made his debut for Barcelona B in 2006, a transfer would end a nine-year stay in European football for the 26-year-old, during which time he has played for Barcelona, Tottenham Hotspur and Galatasaray, as well as Villarreal. As we can see here, Dos Santos is a thrilling player to watch: For the Galaxy, this ...
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Montreal Impact vs. Club America: Date, Time, TV Info and Live Stream for Leg 2

Montreal Impact will continue their quest to become the first-ever Major League Soccer team to sample glory in the CONCACAF Champions League, as they host Club America in the second leg of the tournament final. These two teams played out a tense 1-1 draw in the first leg at the Estadio Azteca, with Ignacio Piatti opening the scoring for the Impact early on, but the Mexican side gave themselves a lifeline thanks to an Oribe Peralta header in the 89th minute. Here are some of the highlights from that engrossing game: With a sell-out crowd set to be backing Montreal at the 65,000-capacity Olympic Stadium, expect a raucous atmosphere to be conjured for this one. Here’s all the information you need on where to catch the clash and a closer look at how both sides are faring on the cusp of this one.   Date: Wednesday, Apr. 29 Time: 8 p.m. (ET) Live Stream: Fox Sports Go (U.S.) TV Info: Fox Sports 2 (U.S.)   Impact Looking to Make History The form of Montreal in this tournament is staggering. For the last two seasons they’ve been the worst team in MLS football, winning just seven of their last 47 domestic matches. But this competition has stirred something in them and now ...
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MLS Players Reportedly Threaten Boycott Ahead of 2015 Season

Major League Soccer players could be set to strike just two weeks before the 2015 season gets underway. Continue for updates. Work Stoppage Reportedly Appears Imminent Tuesday, March 3 Steven Goff of the Washington Post reported that the league appears heading for a work stoppage, and detailed the reasons behind the looming strike: Goff also noted a policy that MLS owners did approve: Goff provided an update at 10 P.M ET stating the two sides are "not making much progress", and provided a quote from a union source:  Jeff Carlisle of ESPN reported the sides have made progress on the free agency front:  For the past month, the two sides have staked out their positions on the issue, with the union threatening to strike if the new CBA does not contain at least some form of free agency, with MLS against any kind of free agency. But a source with knowledge of the negotiations told ESPN FC that the current offer on the table from the league provides players who are 28 years or older, and who have been in the league at least eight years -- and not necessarily with the same team -- will "have the right to choose their next market" when their contract runs out or when ...
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