Lampard scores first MLS goal to lead NYCFC past Toronto 2-0
NEW YORK (AP) Former Chelsea star Frank Lampard scored his first goal since joining Major League Soccer this year, leading New York City FC to a 2-0 win over Toronto FC on Wednesday.
Lampard scored in the 20th minute after settling RJ Allen’s back-pass with his chest and rolling in a goal through traffic.
The former England international spent 13 seasons with Chelsea, won three Premier League titles and scored 176 goals in 599 games. He signed with NYCFC last July and played in the MLS off-season for Manchester City, which like NYCFC is controlled by City Football Group.
New York City won its first game since Aug. 13 to move past Philadelphia into eighth position in the Eastern Conference.
In other matches, Kelyn Rowe scored in the 65th minute as the New England Revolution beat the New York Red Bulls 2-1 to move into first place in the East.
New England won its sixth straight game, matching a club record set in 2005.
Diego Fagundez scored in his fourth straight game for New England in the 2nd minute. Juan Agudelo one-touched a free kick into open space and Fagundez ran past the defense to send it home. In the second half, Scott Caldwell lofted a loose ball in front of the net and the uncovered Rowe volleyed it home.
In San Jose, California, Kyle Bekker scored his first MLS goal in the 65th minute as 10-man Montreal played the Earthquakes to a 1-1 draw.
Bekker caught goalkeeper David Bingham leaning the wrong way and squeezed a shot inside the near post. It was the Canadian’s first game with the Impact after being traded from FC Dallas on July 16.