The accolades continue for Lampard as he was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for the 21st week of the 2016 MLS season. (See all three goals.)
Lampard made NYCFC history in Saturday’s 5-1 win over the Colorado Rapids at Yankee Stadium, scoring the first hat trick in club history. Lampard now has eight goals and one assist on the season, all in the last eight games, with NYCFC compiling a 6-2-0 record over that period. NYCFC currently sits atop the Eastern Conference standings (36 points, 10-7-6), and is riding a three-game home win streak after snapping Colorado’s league-best 15-match unbeaten run.
Lampard’s first goal came at the 25th minute off a sequence starting with a dummy from Andrea Pirlo, which allowed defender Diego Martinez to send a cross inside the box. Midfielder Tommy McNamara got a touch to it, flicking it to the far post where Lampard finished past Colorado goalkeeper Tim Howard to give NYCFC a 1-0 advantage.
Lampard then scored his second of the match in the 81st minute as Jack Harrison set him up inside the penalty area, resulting in an upper 90 finish from the Englishman and a 4-0 lead. The goal is one of eight nominated for AT&T MLS Goal of the Week.
Lampard completed his hat trick with a penalty kick in the 85th minute, sending a right-footed shot past a diving Howard to put NYCFC up 5-0.
The MLS Player of the Week is selected each week of the regular season by a panel of journalists from NASR. The group consists of members of print, television, radio and online media.