New York City's Frank Lampard Era has been postponed before. This weekend, it's happening again.
Instead of trotting out onto the Yankee Stadium green alongside new boys Andoni Iraola and Angelino, surrounded by a sky-blue nucleus clamoring to mount a playoff run, the England legend will be keeping company with the team physio.
Here's Frank's official statement, issued through NYCFC.com:
"I’m hugely disappointed to be missing out on Sunday’s game, which I have been really looking forward to. I’ve been feeling great in training and have loved working with the squad. Unfortunately I sustained a small strain to my calf during a session."
"Whilst I’ve been taking it day by day since then and have been involved in light training, I’ve just been advised by the medical team that it needs a few days’ rest for it to heal fully."
"As I say, it’s personally very disappointing for me but these things happen in football. The good news is that I should be back in full training next week. While I was desperate to play a role on Sunday, I have to take the advice of our medical team to let it heal and not risk further injury so I can get back on the pitch and play a full role as soon as possible."
Toronto is without two of its top performers as well-- like New York City's Mix Diskerud, TFC playmaker Michael Bradley and top striker Jozy Altidore are away at Gillette Stadium with the United States National Team. With two depleted rosters at odds, who will break first?
Calling it right now: McNamara hat trick. Because why not?