It looks like New York City FC will start their season without star midfielder Frank Lampard.
On Wednesday, Manchester City announced that they have extended Lampard’s contract through the end of the season. This will allow Lampard to participate in league games as well as Champions League.
Lampard has become an crucial member of the Citizens, having now scored seven goals in 18 appearances across all competition. His most recent tally came on New Year’s Day as he entered in the 70th minute to score the game-winner against Sunderland.
Lampard’s extension has spurned outrage from NYC fans, who hoped to see their Designated Player at the start of the MLS season. The midfielder’s debut will have to wait, however, as the EPL won’t conclude until May 24 and the Champions League Final, should Manchester City qualify, is set for June 6.
Former New England Revolution head coach Stevie Nicol weighed in on the Lampard ordeal calling it a "disaster" on ESPN FC.
"It's a disaster, an absolute for that new franchise, a disaster for MLS," Nicol lamented. "I can't wait to hear Don Garber."
Though the Lampard situation isn’t good for NYC FC or MLS in general, it is good for the Revolution. The Revs are set to visit Yankee Stadium on March 15 for a game that will be played without Lampard.