Frank Lampard set for Melbourne stop before arriving at NYCFC

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Frank Lampard, having left Chelsea this summer after 13 years in West London, is set to play for two teams in less than 12 months as he prepares for the next chapter in an illustrious career.

New York City FC are expected to announce the signing of Frank Lampard in the next few days after his released by Chelsea, but according to The Independent the England midfielder will stop of at Melbourne City FC in Australia before arriving in New York.

MLS must wait

While Frank Lampard is still likely to team up with David Villa at Major League Soccer's newest franchise, NYCFC themselves will not actually contest their first game until March next year when the 2015 MLS season kicks off.

And as such it seems likely that the Chelsea legend will follow Villa to Australia in the coming months in order to maintain his fitness ahead of his marquee move to the States. Both players will then move to New York in time for the 2015 season. The link is possible due to Manchester City's association with both Melbourne and NYCFC.

The owners of Lampard's former rivals in the English Premier League have used their huge wealth to purchase stakes in both the Australian and US franchises, and it looks like Melbourne could be set to profit from this association with the prospect of two players last seen the 2014 World Cup sure to excite Aussie fans.

Lampard nears move

Lampard played over 400 games for Chelsea and leaves the club as it's all-time leading goalscorer. After winning four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, and a Champions League along the way Lampard officially left Chelsea this summer, doing so as one of it's greatest ever servants.

Reports linking him with a move to MLS have been doing the rounds ever since and, according to one of his former teammates at least, it looks like Lampard is doing his homework on his future surroundings:

"All I can say is that he did ask me about Melbourne Heart (now renamed Melbourne City)," said Mark Schwarzer.

"He did ask me what Melbourne was like and what Melbourne Heart was like."

See Also:

- Lampard set to confirm MLS move
- Lampard open to playing in America

NYCFC adding to MLS success

Major League Soccer is rapidly gaining respect as a league worth watching. With the likes of Lampard, Villa, and Kaka all likely to be joining foreign imports such as Jermain Defoe and Thierry Henry already playing in the league it is hard to discount its potential.

Add to that the success of the current USMNT which is packed full of players playing in the US domestic league and it certainly seems like Lampard could be part of something special when he finally does arrive in the USA following a quick diversion to Australia.

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