The Frank Lampard jokes should've stopped awhile ago. The NYCFC midfielder and designated player added to his worth to the club in 2016, scoring a hat-trick in the win over Colorado. With that the only game on the Saturday schedule following the All-Star break, the action moved to Sunday.
NYCFC got goals from Frank Lampard and a weather delay in what turned into a 5-1 win over Colorado at Yankee Stadium. The result ends the Rapids' undefeated streak. Lampard scored in the 28th minute prior to a 40-minute delay due to lightning. Colorado went a man down with a second yellow to Michael Azira in the 37th minute. Tony Taylor made it 2-0 in the 42nd. It was 3-0 NYCFC through a Steven Mendoza goal. From there it was the Lampard show. He scored in the 81st and converted a penalty in the 84th. Shkelzen Gashi ruined Josh Saunders's shutout attempt with a goal two minutes into stoppage time.
Toronto shutout Columbus 3-0 at BMO Field. Tsubasa Endoh scored in the 8th minute with Seb Giovinco making it 2-0 in the 24th. Jozy Altidore made his return to the Toronto lineup, subbing on in the 57th minute. Giovinco assisted on Altidore's goal in the 87th.
"To sit at home for two months, a little bit more than two months, and to watch every game from the stands and to train alone, it is so hard mentally to stay in it," Altidore said. "So to finally get out there, to be under the lights again and to just play soccer is fantastic."
With the Seattle Sounders under temporary management, they looked to regroup against the LA Galaxy. It sort of worked out for them, drawing 1-1 at CenturyLink Field. the game was the debut of new designated player Nicolas Lodeiro who started. The Sounders' Cristian Roldan opened the scoring in the 49th minute. Sebastian Lletget equalized in the 78th.
"He was very good," Sounders interim coach Brian Schmetzer said of Lodeiro. "We just need to fine-tune to make sure that he and Clint (Dempsey) figure out the right spacing. I thought a couple of times we could have done a better job of keeping Clint a little higher, which would be my preference. Get Clint closer to goal because we will need to rely on Clint to score some goals. Other than that little glitch, you saw his ability to cover ground at a high level, connect passes, run the team. There were a lot of positive out of that. I think together, Clint leads the front line, Nicolas leads through the middle, you’ve got experienced guys in the back... I was encouraged.”
Sporting Kansas City shutout Portland 1-0 at Children's Mercy Stadium. Jacob Peterson scored the game's only goal in the 50th minute. Alec Kann made one save for the shutout.
"I felt very prepared and felt confident," Kann said. "Coaches have done a great job making sure I was ready. I have played a couple of games with the USL team in the past couple of weeks, which has been nice to stay sharp. So I have felt very prepared for it."
FC Dallas shutout Vancouver 2-0 at Toyota Stadium. Kellyn Acosta scored in the 56th with Maxi Urruti doubling that lead three minutes later. Chris Seitz made one save for the clean sheet.
"I think (the heat) affected the game on both sides of the ball," Dallas midfielder Kellyn Acosta said. "The game started to open up there in the second half. There were a lot of heavy legs. Everyone was pretty tired. It was a hot day. Texas is tough, especially playing at the earlier kickoff time. It was tough on both teams, but we got the job done. We had a lot of chances and we were able to capitalize on a couple of them."
DC United drew 1-1 with Montreal. Patrick Mullins put DC up in the 20th minute at RFK Stadium. Montreal went down a man in the 81st with a straight red card to Didier Drogba for violent conduct. Montreal responded with a shorthanded goal from Hernan Bernardello in the 86th minute.
Chicago and the Red Bulls finished 2-2 at Toyota Park. The Red Bulls took the lead in the 16th minute through an own goal. David Accam equalized for the Fire in the 35th with Matt Polster giving them the lead in first-half stoppage time. Bradley Wright-Phillips split the points with a 90th minute equalizer.
Real Salt Lake beat Philadelphia 2-1 on the road. Philadelphia's Roland Alberg converted a penalty in the 44th minute. Joao Plata equalized in the 48th with Javier Morales winning the game in the 54th.
Orlando City came back to beat New England 3-1 at Camping World Stadium. Kei Kamara scored for the Revs in the 19th minute. Cyle Larin got Orlando on the board in the 46th. Kevin Molino made it 2-1 in the 64th and finished off the goals in the 83rd minute.
Week 21 ended with Houston and San Jose drawing 1-1 at BBVA Compass Stadium. Alex scored for Houston two minutes into first-half stoppage time. Chris Wondolowski equalized in the 59th minute.
"We knew it was going to be a very tough place to play," Wondolowski said. "Houston are always very organized and disciplined and we knew it was going to be a battle. In the first half I think it was both sides trying to feel each other out, trying to get comfortable. We had a chance that was late in the first half. I think we came out and started well in the second half. It is a little bit frustrating to leave with a point."