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New York City FC midfielder Frank Lampard voted MLS Player of the Week

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New York City FC midfielder Frank Lampard voted MLS Player of the Week
NEW YORK (Tuesday, August 2, 2016) – New York City FC midfielder Frank Lampard 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.
The English idol made history in Saturday’s 5-1 win over the Colorado Rapids at Yankee Stadium, scoring the first hat trick in NYCFC 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 now riding a three-game home win streak after snapping Colorado's league-best 15-match unbeaten run.
Lampard opened his account in the 28th minute off a beautiful sequence starting with a wonderful dummy from Andrea Pirlo which allowed defender Diego Martinez to send a dangerous cross inside the box. Midfielder Tommy McNamara got a touch to it, flicking it on to the far post where Lampard easily finished past Colorado goalkeeper Tim Howard to give NYCFC a 1-0 advantage (Watch Goal).
The one-time UEFA Champions League winner scored his second of the match in the 81st minute. Lampard jumpstarted the play in Colorado’s own half, playing the ball into the path of rookie phenom Jack Harrison, who took the ball downfield to the top of the opposite 18-yard box. Lampard continued the trailing run and was rewarded for his effort, as Harrison set him up inside the area, resulting in a world-class finish from the Englishman and a 4-0 lead (Watch Goal). 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 84th minute, sending a right-footed shot past a diving Howard to put NYCFC up 5-0 (Watch Goal).
New York City FC next faces San Jose Earthquakes at Avaya Stadium in Viernes de Futbol action on Friday, August 5 (11 p.m. ET, UniMas).
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.