By CAITLIN MURRAY
If Manchester City plays against New York City FC, which side does Frank Lampard play for? Fans may be getting the answer to that question soon.
According to a report from the Telegraph, Manchester City will come to the U.S. this May after the Premier League wraps for a friendly against New York City FC. With Lampard’s move to NYCFC from Man City set for July, that means he should be playing for Manchester City during the preseason friendly in spring.
Reportedly, Man City’s May trip to the U.S. will be followed by a three-game tour in Australia, where A-League’s Melbourne City is another club owned by City Football Group.
The match in New York City seems like a logical fit — Man City and NYCFC are both owned by City Football Group and the reigning Premier League champs can give the new Major League Soccer expansion side a boost.
But the relationship between the two clubs also stirred its share of controversy as Lampard delayed his NYCFC debut until the summer so he could finish with Manchester City this season. As it turned out, the English club held all the rights to Lampard while NYCFC held none, something NYCFC later corrected.
The friendly match has not been confirmed by Manchester City or NYCFC.
What do you think of this report? Would you attend this match? Would it be a good cross-marketing opportunity? Which team should Lampard play for?