Frank Lampard out vs. New England, NYCFC debut pushed again
Frank Lampard's MLS debut has been pushed again, as the New York City FC midfielder will miss Saturday night's match at the New England Revolution.
Lampard has been nursing a calf injury suffered in training prior to last week's wild 4-4 draw with Toronto FC. The earliest he could debut would be on July 26 against fellow expansion club Orlando City at Yankee Stadium. That match is also slated to be Andrea Pirlo's first with the club.
Despite his inactivity and a protracted saga of confusion regarding his signing with MLS and NYCFC, Lampard was tabbed as one of MLS commissioner Don Garber's two picks for the MLS All-Star Game, which is July 29 against Tottenham at Colorado's Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Steven Gerrard, Garber's other pick, is slated to make his MLS debut for the LA Galaxy against the San Jose Earthquakes Friday night.
Gerrard has already appeared in a couple of non-MLS matches for the Galaxy, debuting against Club America in the International Champions Cup exhibition tournament and then playing in a U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal loss to Real Salt Lake.
The two veteran Englishmen are among the highest paid players in the league, according to salary figures released by the MLS Players Union on Friday. Gerrard is on a $6.33 million/year deal (in guaranteed compensation), while Lampard is on a $6 million/year contract, which was first reported by SI's Brian Straus in May.