Historic Lampard hat-trick in New York City romp

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Frank Lampard scored a hat-trick as New York City FC consolidated top spot in the Eastern Conference with a resounding 5-1 victory over 10-man Colorado Rapids.

The treble was the first scored by a City player in MLS and took the former England international's tally to eight goals in his last eight games.

Tony Taylor and Steven Mendoza also found the net as Patrick Vieira's men bounced back in style from last weekend's disappointing derby defeat at the hands of New York Red Bulls.

It has been a long and hard road for Lampard in New York, battling fitness and injury concerns, while attempting to win over fans in the Big Apple.

But the 38 year-old former England international seems to have finally gained the approval of fans.

"Really happy, I didn't realise that [record of becoming the first New York City player to score a hat-trick]," Lampard said.

"I know is very short history but it's a great accolade for me as a person.

"I'm very happy and when I'm playing well, feeling good, obviously I can score goals, I've managed to do since I've been fit.

"To the three goals, personally I feel great but for the team more importantly, twice now in recent weeks we lost a game and come straight back the next week and won. And that's what team who wants to stay on top of the table must do."

Of captaining the team in the absence of regular skipper David Villa, Lampard added: "I mean I'm pleased. Listen David's our captain and does a very good job, not just on the pitch where he scores a lot of goals and leads us from the front but off the pitch.

"I think is important for all the players to show their leadership and been around a long time playing for a long time with great captains and as captain myself at times I tried to use the experience to help today and I think everyone perform well today."

The Rapids had come into the game having lost only once in their last 17 outings, but were already trailing  to Lampard's opener when Micheal Azira saw red eight minutes before half-time.

Pablo Mastroeni's men never looked capable of forcing their way back into the contest after the defender's premature departure, although Shkelzen Gashi did at least claim a consolation goal when he curled home a free-kick deep into stoppage-time.

Lampard, meanwhile, had already seen two shots saved by visiting goalkeeper Tim Howard before firing home from close range on 28 minutes.

Taylor then doubled the hosts' advantage as half-time approached, linking up neatly with Thomas McNamara and finding the net from just inside the box to claim his second goal of the campaign.

McNamara and Lampard both went close to increasing City's lead before substitute Mendoza finally did so, beating Howard with a well-struck low shot 15 minutes from time.

Jack Harrison then teed up Lampard for his second after a swift break and the 38-year-old veteran secured the match ball six minutes from time by firing home from the spot after Harrison had been brought down in the box by Dominique Badji.

Source: Omnisport