Lam­pard sends TFC to third straight loss



NEW YORK— Frank Lam­pard scored his first Ma­jor League Soc­cer goal and New York City FC beat Toronto FC 2-0 on Wed­nes­day night to end a three-game los­ing streak.

New York City, now 8-14-7, won its first game since Aug. 13. Toronto FC, 11-13-4 and in fifth place in the East, has lost three straight games.

The Reds are closer to sev­enth place than they are to fourth-place Colum­bus.

Lam­pard, a for­mer Chelsea and Manch­ester City midfielder, scored in the 20th minute. He set­tled R.J. Allen’s back-pass with his chest and rolled in a goal through traf­fic.

Lam­pard spent 13 sea­sons with Chelsea, won three Premier League ti­tles and scored 176 goals in 599 games.

Pa­trick Mullins headed in An­drea Pirlo’s cor­ner kick in the 77th.

Toronto had its chances but New York City keeper Josh Saun­ders made a div­ing save of Se­bas­tian Giovinco’s de­flected free kick in the 62nd minute and he punched Michael Bradley’s shot from dis­tance over the cross­bar in the 70th minute.

TFC is now seven points out of fourth place in the East, and nine out of first.

New Eng­land took over top spot when Ke­lyn Rowe broke a tie in the 65th minute to give the Revo­lu­tion a 2-1 win over the New York Red Bulls.

New Eng­land (13-9-7) won its sixth straight game, match­ing a club record. New York (13-8-6) lost for only the sec­ond time in its last10 matches.

Diego Fa­gun­dez scored in his fourth straight game for New Eng­land in the sec­ond minute.

For­mer Chelsea star Frank Lam­pard scored his first MLS goal against Toronto on Wed­nes­day.

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