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Lampard nets first New York City goal

Frank Lampard found the net. Credit: Reuters

Frank Lampard scored his first goal in Major League Soccer as New York City recorded a 2-0 victory against Toronto FC on Wednesday.

The former Chelsea and England midfielder, making just his fifth MLS appearance after a series of injury setbacks, fired home from the edge of the penalty area to give his side a 20th-minute lead at Yankee Stadium.

New York City had to make do without star striker David Villa after he was ruled out with a hamstring injury but fellow forward Patrick Mullins made sure of the points when he headed home a second goal from an Andrea Pirlo corner in the 77th minute.


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Lampard praised for showing 'his class' by Stoke boss

Stoke boss Mark Hughes has hailed the "class" of Frank Lampard after the former England man swapped shirts with Potters teenager Oliver Shenton this week.

Lampard made an effort to awap shirts with Shenton. Credit: PA

Shenton, 17, made his Premier League debut as a late substitute in Wednesday night's 4-1 defeat to Manchester City at the Britannia Stadium only two days after his mother's funeral.

City midfielder Lampard, who lost his own mother in 2008, sought out fellow midfielder Shenton after the game to have a chat and trade shirts.

And Hughes said on Friday of the incident: "That is a great touch.

"Obviously Frank has lost close family members as well and maybe that resonated with Frank. I think that shows his class."

David Villa has no issue with Frank Lampard's Man City stay

David Villa has also joined New York City FC. Credit: PA

David Villa has no qualms with Frank Lampard's decision to delay his arrival at New York City FC until July.

The club won their first official match on Tuesday when they beat St Mirren 2-0 in a friendly in Manchester.

Villa, one of the two biggest signings the newest MLS franchise has made, starred in a 45-minute cameo, scoring the opening goal and pulling several tricks out of the bag to wow the 2,000-strong crowd which had gathered at Manchester City's Academy Stadium.

"It would have been great if he was here now, but obviously for the football club the best thing is for him to stay in Manchester," Villa said.

"We are only going to be focused to work hard so that when he joins in July, we can be a team that is really good and he can only improve us."

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