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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.

New York settles Eric Garner killing case for $5.9m

A picture of Eric Garner is seen on a newspaper at his memorial in Staten Island, NYC. Credit: Reuters

New York City has reached a settlement with the family of man who died after being restrained by police in July 2014.

The family of Eric Garner - who died after being put in an illegal 'choke hold' by police - will receive $5.9 million to resolve the claim over his killing, The New York Times has reported, citing a family lawyer.

Juventus hero Pirlo looks set for MLS move

Andrea Pirlo is on his way to America. Credit: PA

Italian midfielder Andrea Pirlo is set to join New York City on a free transfer when his Juventus deal expires at the end of the month.

Pirlo was in attendance for New York City's defeat to New York Red Bulls at Yankee Stadium on Sunday.

If he does move to the Big Apple, he will join the likes of Frank Lampard and David Villa in the City ranks.


Wright-Phillips goals down New York City

Bradley Wright-Phillips was on the mark. Credit: PA

Two goals from Bradley Wright-Phillips helped New York Red Bulls win their first MLS clash with New York City.

The English striker struck in the fourth and 52nd minutes, sandwiching Matt Miazga's sending off for the Red Bulls.

Substitute Patrick Mullins responded for New York City with 14 minutes left on the clock but there would be no comeback.

Reyna not worried by New York City fans Lampard reaction

New York City director of football Claudio Reyna believes the club's fans will move on from the disappointed of Frank Lampard not arriving in time for the start of the MLS season.

The midfielder will stay with Manchester City until the end of the Premier League campaign after impressing at the Premier League champions.

Lampard was set to join New York City after being released by Chelsea, but has agreed an extended deal in Manchester, much to the American club's fans.

Frank Lampard will end up in New York in the summer. Credit: PA

"I think they will be fine," Reyna told several national newspapers. "We understand the fans' disappointment, wanting to watch him play from the beginning but he's coming in July and he's very, very committed. He was in a difficult situation so he doesn't deserve any negative backlash in anyway and I don't think he will get it.

"It was never the (original) intention to stay but he did great, it was extended for another five months but that shows how good he is and is testimony to what he's done with City," he added.

"Honestly, it wasn't as big a deal for us as it was made out to be. I think who we are and the fact we are connected to Manchester City made it a bigger story which shows we are quite relevant in the League already without having played yet."

New York City to play friendlies in Manchester

New York City FC, the newly-formed sister club of Manchester City, are to play two friendlies in Manchester next month.

The American club, who will enter Major League Soccer in March, have announced they will take on Scottish side St Mirren and Danish outfit Brondby at the City Football Academy.

David Villa will be part of the New York City team. Credit: PA

St Mirren will be NYCFC's first pre-season opponents on February 10 with Brondby visiting five days later. The MLS team will then head off to continue their MLS preparations at the Carolina Challenge Cup in Charleston.

Former Spain striker David Villa will be NYCFC's star attraction with Frank Lampard now expected to join them in the summer after completing the Premier League season with City.

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