A Frank Lampard hat trick and another strong effort by Tommy McNamara in New York City FC’s 5-1 win over the Colorado Rapids have led both to be named to Major League Soccer’s Team of the Week for Week 21.
With David Villa serving a one game suspension for yellow card accumulation, Lampard wore NYC’s captain’s armband and played the role of leader with three goals against Rapids netminder Tim Howard.
McNamara was again omnipresent on the Yankee Stadium pitch. Against Colorado he had three shots and five chances created along with a 93 percent passing accuracy.
A third member of NYCFC, rookie Jack Harrison, was named to the Team of the Week’s bench.
Player (Week 21 Audi Player Index Ranking)
GK: David Bingham, San Jose (#109): 1 goal conceded, 2 saves
D: Drew Moor, Toront (#85): 5 clearances, 3 interceptions, 93% passing accuracy
D: Jelle Van Damme, LA Galaxy (#83): 4 interceptions, 3 clearances, 2 blocks
D: Ike Opara, Sporting KC (#53): 4 clearances, 4 interceptions, 88% passing accuracy
M: Tommy McNamara, New York City FC (#7): 5 chances created, 3 shots, 93% passing accuracy
M: Frank Lampard, New York City FC (#2): 3 goals, 7 shots, 3 clearances
M: Nicolas Lodeiro, Seattle (#5): 4 shots, 3 chances created, 85% passing accuracy
M: Kevin Molino, Orlando (#3): 2 goals, 1 assist, 4 shots
F: Joao Plata, Real Salt Lake (#4): 1 goal, 5 shots, 2 successful dribbles
F: Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto FC (#1): 1 goal, 2 assists, 7 shots
F: Maximiliano Urruti, FC Dallas (#11): 1 goal, 5 shots
Bench: Jake Gleeson, Portland (#19); Lawrence Olum, Sporting KC (#44); Marky Delgado, Toronto FC (#125);Luciano Acosta, DC United (#55); Mauro Diaz, Dallas (#78); John Goossens, Chicago (#100); Jack Harrison, New York City FC (#8)