Frank Lampard’s scintillating form continued on Saturday evening, as the midfielder netted a hat-trick to help New York City FC to an emphatic 5-1 win over Colorado Rapids.
Lampard opened the scoring in the 28th minute to give NYC the lead, with Michael Ariza sent off just nine minutes later to put Patrick Vieira’s men firmly into the ascendency.
Tony Taylor and Steven Mendoza netted either side of the interval respectively, before Lampard scored the first hat-trick in the short history of the NYC franchise, first from a Jack Harrison pass on the break and thumping home his third from the penalty spot.
On the milestone of scoring the franchise’s first triple in a single game, Lampard admitted he was happy with the accomplishment but also surprised a certain teammate hadn’t already achieved the feat.
“Really good, I’m surprised David (Villa) hasn’t got a hat-trick already, but I’m pleased,” he told NYC’s official website. “Personally for me it’s great, getting back and fitting in the team was a big deal for me.
“I wanted to hit the ground running and score goals and help us win games and I’ve managed to do that. Today was the top of that – scoring three to help us win an important game – but I’m focused, I never dwell so I want to score more of those.
“If I can keep getting in there and scoring goals I’ll be very happy.”
The victory ensured NYC returned to the top of the Eastern Conference and have now won their last three successive league matches at the Yankees Stadium.
After being humbled to a 4-1 loss against city rivals New York Red Bulls last weekend – their second emphatic defeat to that opponent this season – Lampard said it was important for the team to bounce back from that result with a positive performance.
“We weren’t happy with our performance at the Red Bulls,” he added. “We were not as good as we’ve been with the ball or without the ball.
“This week we worked on both sides; how we’re gonna defend better, how we’re gonna move the ball better and we created – and against the best defence this year – so many chances and scored obviously five good goals.
“It was nice to give the fans a comfortable home win, too many times they have a nervous last ten minutes, (so) it was nice to see them enjoy a comfortable win and we enjoyed it on the pitch.”