September 1, 2016
Lampard steals the show as NYC nips DC United in stoppage time
NEW YORK CITY FC 3, DC UNITED 2
BRONX, NY---Frank Lampard entered Thursday night's game at Yankee Stadium with 300 goals. He left with 302, including the stoppage-time clincher to give New York City FC a 3-2 win over DC United.
New York City trailed at halftime, but David Villa leveled the score at 1-1, then Lampard got a pair of go-ahead goals in less than 10 minutes time.
After a stoppage time equalizer by DC United, Lampard got the winner in the fourth added minute. Khiry Shelton sent a ball from the right side into the area. The Englishman took the pass with his right foot, switched it to his left foot and made a spectacular finish, sending the ball into the left side of the net for his 11th goal in the last 13 games.
The win puts New York City FC (12-8-8) back atop the Eastern Conference with 44 points, one ahead of Toronto FC. United falls to 7-9-11 and 32 points.
Lloyd Sam put DC United on the scoreboard in the 36th minute, beating netminder Josh Saunders to the left inside netting.
The equalizer came on a horrendous turnover by DC United in the 79th minute. Luke Mishu tried a long backpass from the midfield, but sent the ball straight into the path of Villa, who nutmegged netminder Bill Hamid to knot the score.
Six minutes later, New York City took the lead on the payoff of a tremendous build up that involved six touches on the ball by NYC. Lampard finally got to the ball in the penalty area and clinically finished past Hamid.
But New York gave up a what could have been a devastating equalizer in the 91st minute, when Lamar Neagle headed home Julian Buescher's corner kick.
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