When David Villa and Frank Lampard became teammates football fans across the world automatically assumed success was coming to New York City.
Throw in the genius of Andrea Pirlo and it was looking harder for them not to achieve success than it was for them to win trophies in the MLS. Well it hasn’t exactly gone to plan for the once European powerhouses.
— New York City FC (@NYCFC) June 18, 2016
After a 3-2 win last night, with goals from Pirlo, Lampard and Villa, the English midfielder went to congratulate his Spanish teammate but Villa was having none of it.
David Villa is furious with his team's second half performance. pic.twitter.com/P41JhVv25D
— Total MLS (@TotalMLS) June 18, 2016
The lowlight of Lampard’s time with the New Yorkers certainly has to be their 7-0 hammering at the hands of local rivals, New York Red Bulls.
To top it off the fans haven’t taken to the former England midfielder – home fans have regularly booed him.
New York City are currently third in the Eastern Conference but with a team packed full of European royalty and managed by Patrick Vieira they really should be doing better.
Lampard, who turns 38 today, must pine for the days when he was one of the kings of a Jose Mourinho team that ruled Europe.
Loaded sports writer Pearse Corcoran has covered news, sport and entertainment for several national newspapers and radio stations in Ireland. Follow him on Twitter at @PearseCorcoran