With New York City FC missing its key offensive ingredient against Colorado Rapids, the match against Major League Soccer’s stingiest defense appeared to a recipe for a lack of goals for the home side.
But Villa’s fellow designated player Frank Lampard filled in the void with a hat trick as NYCFC topped the Rapids 5-1. The win was the 10th of the season for New York and its fourth at home and kept the Citizen in first place in the Eastern Conference.
Just before the half-hour mark, New York City took a 1-0 as Tommy McNamara headed a ball across Tim Howard’s goal that was slotted in by Lampard. Just moments after the goal, the match was suspended because of lightning in the Yankee Stadium area.
NYC also gained another advantage in the first half as Colorado’s Michael Ariza was sent off in the 37th minute after receiving his second yellow card of the match. Ironically, it was yellow card suspensions that kept New York’s leading scorer David Villa and his teammates Federico Bravo and RJ Allen out of the match. In addition, Ethan White (red card vs. New York Red Bulls) and head coach Patrick Vieira) were also spectators against the Rapids.
After the 45-minute weather delay, NYCFC would extend its lead at the 42nd minute. After a scrum in the Colorado box, Tony Taylor would slot home a shot from inside the area to give New York a 2-0 advantage heading into halftime.
Substitute Steven Mendoza would net New York’s third goal of the match in the 75th minute, and Lampard would complete his hat trick with goals at the 81st minute and 84th minute (penalty). On the season, Lampard has eight goals, with seven coming in July.
(Below: post-game press conference)