Frank Lampard, New York City FC's newest recruit, has joined Manchester City who he will be representing for the next few months, while the new franchise's four other new players have already found themselves temporary homes.
Manchester City's parent club is forced to act quickly, as the new MLS season begins in January and the team is nowhere near having the required number of players.
Money no issue
Of course, money doesn't present a problem for City Club Football, New York's majority owners. That became obvious when the ex-Barcelona striker, David Villa, decided to join them as the first signing ever.
Up next were two long-time MLS players – Jeb Brovsky and Josh Saunders. Although the club got the duo for free, it is likely they will feature the first team in their debut season. Both of them got loaned out until the season start, Brovsky to Norwegian side Stromsgodset and Saunders to San Antonio Scorpions, despite spending time on tour with Manchester City in Scotland.
None of them actually feature the national team. Saunders has played for the United States U23 only once and decided to represent Puerto Rico after realising there is no room for him in Jurgen Klinsmann's senior team. He made two appearances for his new country, both in 2008. On the other hand, Brovsky has never represented any international sides.
Their newly-founded fan group called "The Third Rail" can't wait for more star signings. Xavi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ronaldinho have been included in numerous rumours with the American side and it is very likely the veterans will be joining them by the end of the summer.
It is still a long way to go for the club, but with these kind of legends together, only the title fight awaits them.
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