D.C. took the lead in the first half on the road, and admittedly the game was a snoozer through the first 75 minutes or so. But a mistake from the visitors opened the door to an NYCFC comeback, with David Villa tying up the game, before Frank Lampard scored the go-ahead goal late, seeming to seal the win. But Lamar Neagle scored an even later equalizer, before Lampard again scored the go-ahead goal, this time sticking, to give NYCFC a 3-2 win.
As a result of his late heroics, Lampard was voted SB Nation's MLS Player of the Week for Week 26. We may jest from time to time about goals being the deciding factor in this vote, but this time, scoring the winner twice late on makes it a pretty solid choice, all things considered.
Full results for Week 26, with first-place votes getting three points, second-place votes receiving two points and third-place votes earning a point each:
|Michael de Leeuw||8|
|Giovani dos Santos||1|
And here are the full ballots for Week 26:
|Jason Longshore (Dirty South Soccer)||Frank Lampard||Michael de Leeuw||Mauro Diaz|
|Jason Poon (Big D Soccer)||Frank Lampard||Mauro Diaz||Giovani dos Santos|
|Sam Dunn (Hudson River Blue)||Frank Lampard||Sean Johnson||Mauro Diaz|
|Austin Fido (Once a Metro)||Frank Lampard||Michael de Leeuw||Mauro Diaz|
|Ryan Keefer (Black and Red United)||Mauro Diaz||Frank Lampard||Lee Nguyen|
|Michael Citro (The Mane Land)||Frank Lampard||Sean Johnson||Mauro Diaz|
|Eugene Rupinski (Brotherly Game)||Sean Johnson||Frank Lampard||Mauro Diaz|
|Jonathan Sigal (The Bent Musket)||Mauro Diaz||Michael de Leeuw||Brad Knighton|
|Dave Clark (Sounder at Heart)||Mauro Diaz||Razvan Cocis||Gershon Koffie|
|Alicia Rodriguez (Angels on Parade)||Frank Lampard||Michael de Leeuw||Mauro Diaz|