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They are four points clear of Toronto, while Gerrard's team remain third in the Western Conference.

“We want to make sure we don’t lose our competitiveness and stay on our toes,” he told Guardian US on Wednesday. “These last two games are important as we want to have the highest seed, so we just have to keep working hard and do what we have been doing. We know it’s an important time in the club’s history so we’re looking to make a point.”

New York City Football Club, LLC was registered with the New York State Department on May 7, 2013,[16] and on May 21 the team was officially announced as the 20th Major League Soccer franchise.[17]

Offside, New York City FC. Josh Saunders tries a through ball, but David Villa is caught offside.

Before the club began play in March 2015, the club's season-ticket membership had already surpassed 14,000,[63] and by April 2015 season-ticket sales had reached 16,000.[64]

Lampard went on to score a brace in that game - including his actual 300th career goal in the 85th minute, which he had received acclaim for around an hour and a half earlier.

“I think when you look at our squad, staff and how many Spanish speakers we have, and the fans we have in this country, going to Mexico is really important for the brand and the relationships we can have with each other. I am really looking forward to it.”

He mentioned players such as Diego Martinez, Mehdi Ballouchy and Frederíco Bravo, who have not seen much action in recent matches.

Steven Mendoza (New York City FC) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Andrea Pirlo (New York City FC) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by RJ Allen.

Attempt missed. Steven Gerrard (LA Galaxy) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Emmanuel Boateng.

Substitution, New York City FC. Steven Mendoza replaces Ronald Matarrita.

In the 2015 MLS SuperDraft, as an expansion team, New York City had second overall pick, choosing Oregon State forward Khiry Shelton as their first pick.[31]

Head coach Patrick Vieira admits his Spanish is ‘really, really bad’, but NYC FC take on Necaxa on Friday – and hope to strengthen ties between MLS and Mexico

Attempt missed. Emmanuel Boateng (LA Galaxy) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Steven Gerrard.

Lampard had even posted on his Instagram page, "Very proud to reach 300" prematurely. 

New York City, managed by Patrick Vieira, took an early lead when David Villa prodded home from six yards.

So, Lampard's double on Thursday night actually takes him to 301 career goals. A remarkable feat for a midfielder - but one shy of the widely reported figure.

David Villa (New York City FC) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

“It’s really special, really cool that we’re in country close to me, my family and our Mexican roots,” said Lopez earlier this week.

Detailed research from the Sky Sports stats department has uncovered that Lampard was in fact on 299 career goals ahead of New York City FC's match with DC United, when the celebrations took place.  

Corner, New York City FC. Conceded by Clément Diop.

Offside, New York City FC. Andrea Pirlo tries a through ball, but David Villa is caught offside.

Garber had previously cultivated an interest in acquiring investment from a major European football club to be owners of a future franchise, and in December 2008, he announced a bid for a Miami expansion team led by FC Barcelona that was to begin play in 2010,[9] though the bid eventually fell through[10] (Garber also briefly discussed Barcelona investing in a New York franchise before moving the focus to Miami[11]).

Second Half ends, New York City FC 1, LA Galaxy 0.

The victory also lifted NYC FC to the top of the Eastern Conference standings.

Harrison fed Villa in the 66th minute with a perfect cross from the right wing, and Villa brilliantly diverted the ball into the net.

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City Football Group sponsor Etihad Airways was announced to be NYCFC's inaugural jersey sponsor[53] in an event at Terminal 5 in New York City on November 13, 2014, at the same event which revealed the club's first ever jersey design. The announcement capped a week in which Heineken[54] and Adidas[55] had been signed up as secondary sponsors of the club.

Attempt saved. David Villa (New York City FC) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

A.J. DeLaGarza (LA Galaxy) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

He is also honest about his own Spanish and admits he has to work on it. “It’s really, really, bad,” he said.

Attempt missed. Andrea Pirlo (New York City FC) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Baggio Husidic (LA Galaxy) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Hand ball by Andrea Pirlo (New York City FC).

RJ Allen (New York City FC) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

In 1999, Lampard played and scored in West Ham's League Cup quarter-final tie with Aston Villa at Upton Park.

Jelle Van Damme (LA Galaxy) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

However, the match had to be replayed as West Ham had fielded an ineligible player, Emmanuel Omoyinmi.

The Red Bulls finished the match with 10 men after Chris Duvall received a red card in the 79th minute.