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New NYC FC Designated Player Frank Lampard Calls MLS A "Real Option" For Top Players
Published July 25, 2014
TOO LATE? ESPN FC's Graham Parker wrote while nobody is doubting that Lampard will "be one of the best players in MLS when he starts playing in the league in 2015, there's something strangely deflating about seeing him show up now, for this project, at this stage of the league's development and this stage of his career." While all that "makes sense for NYCFC for all sorts of marketing and technical reasons right now, Lampard's signing feels, if not disappointing, at least anticlimactic." However, Parker wrote, "I'm not sure I buy the idea that it reinforces the perception of MLS as a retirement home." Nonetheless, it is "basically hard to imagine a scenario in which Lampard truly establishes any sense of history with NYCFC" (ESPNFC.com, 7/24).
THE BEAS KNEES: U.S. men's national team D DaMarcus Beasley on Thursday signed with the Dynamo, and in Houston, Jose de Jesus Ortiz writes it didn't take Beasley long to "see how much MLS and the sport grew in America" since he was last in the league a decade ago. Beasley: "This wasn't here when I was in MLS 10 years ago, from the stadiums to the media to the fans. Houston is pretty much averaging 20,000 a game, and that was unheard of back in 2000. It's grown leaps and bounds. I think it can only get bigger, and I'm looking forward to being a part of that. ... Now every team almost has state-of-the-art facilities, whether that's in Houston or Kansas City. We got to train in Kansas City, and they have one as well. That just shows the leaps and bounds that MLS has grown since I've been in the league" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 7/25).