Lampard took a pass from Khiry Shelton at the top of the area, faked a defender and goalkeeper Bill Hamid with the right, and slammed it home with the left.
United (7-9-11) led 1-0 late, but NYC’s David Villa scored in the 79th minute thanks to a crucial mistake by United defender Sean Franklin, whose back-pass fed Villa on a clean breakaway. In the 85th minute, after a physical scramble in the corner for a loose ball, Shelton pushed it to the center of the box. Villa tapped it to Lampard before getting hauled down, and Lampard buried it for the go-ahead.
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Lloyd Sam and Lamar Neagle scored for D.C. United. Neagle’s header evened the score at 2 in the first minute of stoppage time.
NYC improved to 12-8-8 and leads the Eastern Conference by one point over Toronto FC.
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