Lampard, Gerrard in MLS squad against Spurs

 

STEVEN GERRARD
STEVEN GERRARD

FRANK Lampard and Steven Gerrard may be set for a swift midfield reunion after the former England stars were named on Monday in a squad to face Tottenham in the Major League Soccer All-Star Game later this month.

The riddle of how to successfully pair Gerrard and Lampard stumped England managers before the duo quit international football and opted to head to the MLS.

Former Liverpool star Gerrard made his debut for the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday in a 2-1 friendly victory over Mexico’s Club America, while former Chelsea star Lampard has yet to take the field for New York City FC.

Both players only joined MLS clubs this month but each was made a special selection to the MLS roster by MLS commissioner Don Garber, while fan voting nominated 11 other players, eight of them US national team members.

MLS All-Stars coach Pablo Mastroeni will name 20 players to line up alongside Lampard and Gerrard on the all-star roster on Saturday. Fan voting is considered in deciding the final 22-man roster for the July 29 game.

The MLS lineup will meet the English Premier League side in Denver. The MLS All-Stars defeated Bayern Munich 2-1 last year.

Lampard has faced Tottenham 33 times in English Premier League play, netting seven goals, while Gerrard has five goals in 25 prior appearances against the Spurs.

Lampard has played in the MLS All-Star Game before, taking the field for Chelsea in 2006 and 2012.

The All-Star Game will be the first time Gerrard and Lampard have played alongside each other since last year’s World Cup in Brazil.

International players selected in fan voting included Brazilian star Kaka from Orlando City, Spanish legend David Villa of New York City and Nigerian forward Obafemi Martins of Seattle.

US players on the All-Stars roster include captain Michael Bradley for Toronto, Seattle’s Clint Dempsey, Galaxy’s Omar Gonzalez, Real Salt Lake’s Nick Rimando, Houston’s DaMarcus Beasley and Kansas City’s Matt Besler, Graham Zusi and Benny Feilhaber.

– AFP

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