Frank Lampard scored New York City’s first ever hat-trick as the Major League Soccer Eastern Conference leaders beat Colorado Rapids 5-1.
The Rapids had Michael Azira sent off before Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo set up 38-year-old former England international Lampard for his first.
The ex-Chelsea player completed his hat-trick with two late goals after Tony Taylor and Steven Mendoza scored.
“I know it’s a very short history but it’s a great accolade for me,” he said.
“I am really happy. I’m playing well, feeling good and obviously I can score goals.”
Shkelzen Gashi scored in added time for the Rapids, whose 15-game unbeaten streak came to an abrupt end.
New York City were formed in 2013 in a partnership between baseball giants the New York Yankees and Premier League champions Manchester City.
Lampard endured an injury-hit start to the season and was booed by his own fans during a 7-0 defeat by New York Red Bulls in May.
But the former England midfielder, who signed for the franchise in 2015, has now scored eight times in his past seven games.
Credit : bbc.com