NEW YORK -- Ever since he was spotted alongside David
Beckham at an LA Galaxy match a few weeks ago at The Home
Depot Center, rumors have swirled of an impending switch to
But Frank Lampard was once again busy wearing the
captain's armband and marshaling the Chelsea FC
midfielder at a 2012 Herbalife World Football Challenge
match held at Yankee Stadium on Sunday night.
After the match the England international was met by a
throng of reporters and the topic of conversation was
obvious. Are the rumors true?
"I'm not sure," Lampard told media after the
1-1 draw vs. Paris Saint-Germain. "I have another year
on my contract at Chelsea. We have a big season. We play in
the Super Cup and the World Club Championship in December.
Then it's up to Chelsea. If they want to speak with me
about my future, then I'll speak with them. I wouldn't
rule anything out at the moment."
Goal: Piazon's equalizer for Chelsea
Do you think that answer was enough to quell the curiosity?
No, of course not. The question came once again. Are you
coming to MLS?
"Not at the moment, no," Lampard reaffirmed,
"because I have a contract with Chelsea. Beyond that I
Aside from the persistent post-game questions, which he
managed gracefully, Lampard experienced an overall pleasant
night. First, the newly installed Yankee Stadium soccer
field surpassed his expectations, and he also considered
the massive number of Chelsea fans who filled the stadium
as "a nice surprise."
Lampard admitted that the supporters had a lot to do with
Chelsea's fightback to earn the 1-1 draw against PSG on
a goal by reserve forward Lucas Piazon inside the final 10
"When you're 1-0 down, even if it's a friendly
game, we're playing in a big stadium with lots of
support and on TV," Lampard said. "So you
don't want to lose the match. I think the players in
the second half showed the little bit extra to try to draw
the match and try to win the match."