First official MLS Viewing Party in London a major success for growing UK support base

The first official MLS Viewing Party in the UK took place on Saturday evening as fans flocked to The Pilgrim Pub in Kennington, London to watch New York City FC take on New York Red Bulls in the first NY Derby of the 2017 regular season.

The landmark event was a roaring success, with special guest Frank Lampard on hand to ensure all those in attendance were left to enjoy an unforgettable evening.


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There were around 150 fans at Saturday’s Viewing Party, with the majority of supporters in attendance there to cheer Lampard’s former club, New York City FC on as they sealed a first ever win at Red Bull Arena with an impressive 2-0 win.

Although Frank Lampard was the centre of attention for most of the evening, former referees Howard Webb and Peter Walton also arrived to enjoy the evening surrounded by excited supporters.

Webb has recently taken up a position as MLS Manager of VAR operations, and will be spearheading the introduction of the new technology into Major League Soccer, starting with a test run in the 2017 MLS All-Star game on August 2. While Walton is in his fifth year as General Manager of the Professional Referees Association in North America.

The match was shown live on Sky Sports 5, with reporter Gary Cotterill on hand with a Sky camera crew to cover the event, with live shots from inside the pub broadcast live on air during Saturday’s game.

It was brilliant to see so many UK fans enjoying a live game under the same roof and was testament to the impressive and ever-growing development of Major League Soccer here in Great Britain and beyond.

MLSGB would like to thank Major League Soccer and Macesport for organising Saturday’s event and can’t wait to see all of our fellow MLS fans at another UK Viewing Party in the future.

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Join us for Heineken Rivalry Week’s MLS London Viewing Party – Featuring special guest Frank Lampard!

We’re excited to announce that Major League Soccer is hosting an official MLS Heineken Rivalry Week viewing party in London, featuring special guest Frank Lampard!

Join us and a host of MLS fans on June 24 to watch the New York Red Bulls take on New York City FC live on Sky Sports from 18:30pm.

To attend this special event, fans must RSVP using the link to the form at the bottom of this page.

MLS Heineken Rivalry Week London Viewing Party

Saturday, June 24

NY Red Bulls vs. NYCFC

5:00PM – 9:00PM

The Pilgrim, Kennington

247 Kennington Lane.

London, UK

The first 50 fans through the door will receive an official MLS product, while Heineken will be offering discounted beer and prizes throughout the evening.

Former New York City FC midfielder Frank Lampard will be in attendance for a special Meet & Greet with fans and will no doubt be hoping to see NYCFC prevail in the second Hudson River Derby of the 2017 season.

To sign up for free admission, hit the link below and RSVP. We look forward to seeing you there!

SIGN UP: http://bit.ly/MLSLondon2017

Gallery: Exclusive photos from NYCFC’s win over LA Galaxy on Saturday

Some of the biggest stars in Major League Soccer went head-to-head on Saturday afternoon as New York City FC took on LA Galaxy at Yankee Stadium.

It was NYCFC who emerged victorious, thanks to an early David Villa goal, helping them to a 1-0 win to remain top of the Eastern Conference in just their second MLS season.

LA Galaxy will be disappointed with their performance, suffering a first defeat in ten regular season outings this weekend. They fell to fourth in the West and are seven points off Dallas in first place.

Check out exclusive photos from Saturday’s game below, courtesy of MLSGB photographer Ashley Marshall.

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Blues legend tips Conte for Chelsea success after advise from MLS teammate

Chelsea‘s all-time leading goalscorer Frank Lampard has tipped his former side for success under Antonio Conte after speaking with teammate Andrea Pirlo.

Lampard, who is enjoying a strong Major League Soccer regular season with New York City FC, told BBC Radio 5 Live last week he was impressed with Conte’s Italy in Euro 2016: “Seeing him at the Euros I loved his passion, I loved how he was on the touchline, how he had his team together with a real fighting spirit.”

The 38-year-old midfield goal machine thinks Conte’s passion is only going to help Chelsea’s quest to reach the top once again: “That will all help Chelsea and I look forward to that. The players will need to buy into that and respect that, then you’ll see an improvement from last year.”

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Lampard spoke with Pirlo, his fellow New York City midfield teammate, about Conte. Pirlo played under the Italian manager at Juventus and Lampard revealed he has nothing but good things to say about Chelsea’s new man: “I spoke to Pirlo about Conte and he had nothing but great things to say. He works the lads very hard in training with his fitness work and with organisation on the pitch.”

Chelsea get their new campaign and era underway on Monday evening against West Ham United and Lampard hopes for the West London club to go on and win the Premier League this season: “Being at Chelsea for such a long time, I have an allegiance, so I would obviously like Chelsea to win the league and I think they’ll be back challenging.”

Will Conte take Chelsea back to the top? Can Chelsea win the Premier League this season?

Lampard has his say on Chelsea’s slump, backing Mourinho

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard insists his former club must stick with Jose Mourinho despite the manager going through the worst period of his career.

The Premier League champions suffered their ninth defeat of the season last night in the League Cup away at Stoke and are slumped down the table in 15th.

Lampard, who won two Premier League titles under Mourinho, says he is still the right man for the job and that his record speaks for itself.

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“For sure. His record speaks for itself,” Lampard told ITV News. “I know he’s the most successful manager in Chelsea’s history.

“I’m sure he’s tearing his hair out and wanting to turn the corner. I’m sure the players are wanting to perform.

“I know the quality in the dressing room. I know the squad. I know people like John Terry with the desire to keep Chelsea up where they always are.

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“That will turn around very quickly and hopefully they move on and be where we expect them to be.”

Lampard’s first season with New York City FC ended with a 3-1 defeat to New England Revolution on Sunday and he will be eager to impress in the next MLS campaign.

The English midfielder scored three goals in 10 MLS appearances in his debut season.

STATS: How do Liverpool and Chelsea legends compare to current MLS stars?

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard and Chelsea hero Frank Lampard have completed their Premier League seasons and will make the move to Major League Soccer at the beginning of July, but how do they compare to the current MLS playmakers?

Having made the move prior to the current MLS season, Sebastian Giovinco and Kaka have hit the ground running.

Lampard and Gerrard have been superb in the Premier League over the years but making the move to MLS is not as easy as it seems. So how do they compare?

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Using the Squawka Comparison matrix, we found the following:

Stats (Per 90 Mins) Benny Feilhaber (MLS 2015) Kaka (MLS 2015) Sebastian Giovinco (MLS 2015) Frank Lampard (Premier League 14/15) Steven Gerrard (Premier League 14/15)
Goals Scored 0.25 0.42 0.51 0.54 0.36
Assists 0.42 0.17 0.41 0.09 0.04
Chances Created 2.68 1.93 2.26 1.35 2.09
Key Passes 2.26 1.76 1.85 1.26 2.05
Pass Completion 79% 83% 81% 85% 85%

It’s hard to compare between these five playmakers as they are playing in separate leagues, but it’s important to see that at current form, the MLS stars hold their own and the onus is on Lampard and Gerrard to hit the ground running.

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The important statistic we found is the goals scored-per-90 minutes – Lampard’s and Gerrard’s goal production will be expected to improve as they are both likely to play in a more advanced role for New York City and LA Galaxy respectively.

Will Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard be effective in Major League Soccer? And who will do better once they arrive?

Frank Lampard’s career in numbers ahead of MLS move

Frank Lampard played his final Premier League game on Sunday and signed off in style, winning and scoring as captain of Manchester City. He will be joining up with New York City FC in July, where the fans eagerly await his arrival, as they are struggling at the bottom of the Eastern Conference.

The 36-year-old will turn 37 before his first game for the club, but he has proved age is not a problem in his final Premier League season, scoring six goals in 32 appearances.

He has won a whole host of trophies and personal awards, all of which came in his Chelsea career, throughout his career and his experience is arguably what the NYCFC midfield is lacking.

So lets have a look at Lampard’s career in numbers.

Trophies: 

  • Premier League (3) – 2004/2005, 2005/2006, 2009/2010
  • FA Cup (4) – 2006/2007, 2008/2009, 2009/2010, 2011/2012
  • League Cup (2) – 2004/2005, 2006/2007
  • Champions League – 2011/2012
  • Europa League – 2012/2013
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Notable Individual Awards:

  • Ballon d’Or Silver Award – 2005
  • UEFA Midfielder of the Year – 2008
  • Premier League Player of the Decade – 2001-2010
  • Premier League Player of the Season (2) – 2004/2005, 2005/2006
  • PFA Team of the Year (5) – 2004/2005, 2005/2006, 2006/2007, 2008/2009, 2009/2010
  • Chelsea Player of the Year (3) – 2004, 2005, 2009
  • Chelsea Golden Boot (5) – 2004/2005, 2005/2006, 2007/2008, 2011/2012, 2012/2013
  • Chelsea all-time leading goalscorer – 211 goals
  • England caps – 106

Lampard is renowned for his late arrival into the box and finding the back of the net, which is something NYCFC will surely profit from.

He has scored a staggering 259 club goals in 882 appearances and picked up 106 England caps, scoring 29 goals for his nation.

The former England international will bring a wealth of experience to NYCFC and will be eager to make an impact.

How good will Frank Lampard be for NYCFC and how excited are you about his move to MLS?

Jose Mourinho says Chelsea legend is a ‘big loss’ ahead of move to MLS

Jose Mourinho has spoken highly of Manchester City midfielder and Chelsea‘s all-time leading Premier League goalscorer Frank Lampard in light of his imminent move to MLS side New York City FC.

The Chelsea boss heaped praise on the 36-year-old when speaking at his press conference ahead of his side’s game at home to Sunderland on Sunday afternoon.

“One of my best players ever, one of my best professionals ever, a Chelsea legend and a legend in the Premier League,” Mourinho said.

“I have to honour him and wish him all the best in the States. He is a big loss for English football.”

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Lampard played under Mourinho between 2004 and 2007 in a period where Chelsea lifted two Premier League titles, two League Cups and an FA Cup.

Mourinho returned to Chelsea in 2013 before allowing Lampard to leave for Manchester City last summer where he’s made 34 appearances in all competitions, contributing seven goals and one assist.

The ex-England international’s last game in England will be against Southampton at the Etihad on Sunday afternoon with City having already secured a second-place finish in the table. He will have a summer break before joining up with his New York City teammates in July.

Will Frank Lampard be a success for New York City in MLS?

Chelsea legend hints Premier League’s loss is a gain for MLS

Chelsea legend, Gianfranco Zola, has hinted that his former teammate’s departure for Major League Soccer will be a loss for the Premier League and a gain for MLS.

Chelsea’s all-time leading goalscorer will bring down the curtain on his illustrious Premier League career this weekend as he switches Manchester City for his overdue MLS move to New York City FC. Zola, reported by Sky Sports, is sad to see him leave.

“It’s going to be a loss for the Premier League. He’s been an outstanding player for Chelsea but also for the league. He’s an amazing player.”

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The two played together from 2001-2003 and Zola has nothing but praise for his former teammate about his attitude, work-rate and desire for success.

“I saw him when he first came to Chelsea and he was very young then and wasn’t the player he is now,” said Zola. “But his attitude was fantastic.

“You could see he was going to become somebody important. I’m pleased to say he’s one of those guys who deserves everything he’s won.”

Zola comments about Lampard’s finishing will fill NYC fans with confidence as their struggles continue in their debut season. The former England international incredibly netted 20 or more goals on five consecutive seasons from 2005-2010. The skilful Italian praised Lampard’s ability to score important goals in big games and a strikers instinct with his surging runs into the box.

“He’s one of those midfielders who can score goals, especially when it comes to tight games.

“Everyone expects the strikers to score but actually Frank got the goals. But Frank has done better than just that because he keeps scoring all the time. I don’t think there is any other midfielder in the world who has scored as many goals as him.”

NYC have clearly been lacking a midfielder with Lampard’s ability but cannot rely on his arrival to change their fortunes. At such an early stage of their MLS career NYC have a lot to learn and are gaining invaluable experience, Lampard will only add to that.

Will Lampard have a great impact for NYC and how much does his move mean for MLS?

Chelsea and Liverpool legends to have iconic status tested upon move to MLS

Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard can expect contrasting emotions from MLS fans when they arrive in the USA according to lead writer and editor of NBC Sports’ ProSoccerTalk, Joe Prince-Wright.

Prince-Wright told BBC Sport that “the two legendary midfielders are likely to get vastly different receptions” from followers of MLS and Lampard is the one who won’t receive a completely warm welcome.

“Lampard can expect a hostile reception from hardcore MLS fans but that is likely to be temporary and given New York‘s shaky start to the season his arrival will be greeted with glee from NYCFC’s fans and head coach Jason Kreis. Lampard forging an instant partnership with David Villa will be key to the club turning things around,” said Prince-Wright.

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The 36-year-old Chelsea legend extended his contract at Manchester City until the end of the Premier League season which has delayed his arrival in the USA.

While Lampard will have to earn the love of MLS fans, Prince-Wright believes that Liverpool‘s Steven Gerrard will prove to be an automatic hit.

“As for Gerrard, his arrival will be lauded by the whole of MLS and his superstar status fits hand-in-hand with LA Galaxy‘s philosophy.

“Given that the core demographic of MLS fans is between 18 and 49, most of them will have grown up seeing Gerrard and Lampard, along with the other designated player Kaka, rule Europe and be dominant figures for club and country.”

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Despite the huge attention that will be drawn to Lampard and Gerrard when they arrive, Prince-Wright has warned that they must continue to perform if they want to remain fan favourites for the long-haul.

“Overall, the initial reception these two English superstars can expect will be hugely positive and TV ratings and media interest will go through the roof. But, and it’s a big but, they must deliver goals and moments of magic for the honeymoon period to extend through their Stateside adventure.”

How will Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard be welcomed into MLS?