Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard have been named to the 2015 MLS All-Star team as Commissioner Don Garber’s picks for the AT&T MLS All-Star Game, it was unveiled Monday night during FOX Sports 1’s pregame show for the USA's Gold Cup Group A match against Panama.
Lampard and Gerrard, two of the league’s most recent international star arrivals who both have over 100 caps with England's national team, recently joined New York City FC and LA Galaxy, respectively, as Designated Players.
Gerrard made his debut for the LA Galaxy on Saturday night in a friendly against Mexican side Club América, playing 45 minutes after a two-week training period in Southern California. He is expected to make his MLS debut in LA's Friday night home match against the San Jose Earthquakes at StubHub Center (11 pm ET; UniMas).
Lampard was forced to sit out NYCFC's thrilling 4-4 draw with Toronto FC due to injury, but his head coach Jason Kreis said that the midfielder will likely be available for their upcoming match on Saturday at the New England Revolution (7:30 pm ET; MLS LIVE).
Gerrard and Lampard will face familiar opposition when they take on Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur at the Colorado Rapids’ Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Wednesday, July 29 (9 pm ET; FOX Sports 1 and UniMas in the US, TSN and RDS in Canada). Lampard, who is the all-time leading scorer for EPL giants Chelsea, has 33 career appearances and seven goals against Spurs, while Gerrard has logged 25 appearances and five goals vs. Tottenham in his 17 years with Liverpool.
While July 29 will mark Gerrard's first All-Star appearance, Lampard previously appeared for Chelsea in the 2006 match (a 1-0 MLS All-Stars win) as well as the 2012 event (a 3-2 MLS All-Stars win), during which he registered a goal and an assist for the Blues.
The All-Star Game will mark the first time Gerrard and Lampard have lined up for the same team since doing so with England at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.