More than 600 Evertonians heard Frank Lampard explain how being at Everton is an "amazing experience", at an event hosted in the US capital of Washington DC on Thursday.
Lampard was joined on stage in front of an enraptured audience by Blues First-Team players Anthony Gordon, Jordan Pickford and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, as well as US Ambassador Tim Howard.
The sold-out ‘An Evening With Frank Lampard and Everton’ event at Washington’s Howard Theatre was presented by Roger Bennett, Evertonian and host of the popular US podcast and television show Men in Blazers.
The show, a warm-up for Everton’s pre-season meeting with Arsenal at M&T Bank Stadium in nearby Baltimore on Saturday, also saw Lampard and his players express their gratitude for the way Blues supporters rallied around the team towards the end of a difficult 2021/22 campaign.
Academy product Gordon relived his winning goal against Manchester United and received glowing praise from his manager for not only having the talent but the attitude to further develop at Everton in the coming years.
England No.1 Pickford discussed his stunning saves in the Goodison Park fixture against Chelsea, while Three Lions teammate Calvert-Lewin described his role in scoring the crucial winner against Crystal Palace.
Lampard, who was appointed Everton manager in January, said: “Everton is a special football club with an incredible global support. Even in the short time I have been here I have felt that backing for the team not only from the city of Liverpool and within the UK but from around the world.
“While our focus is on training and building towards the new season, I am proud to be able to come and do events like this and interact with our passionate US fanbase. We look forward to seeing them and hearing their support at our game this weekend in Baltimore.”
Opened in 1910, Washington’s legendary Howard Theatre has played host to some of the greats of American music, including Louis Armstrong, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Marvin Gaye.
The evening ended with the packed-out auditorium joining Bennett for a rendition of Spirit of the Blues.
The event in Washington was part of a series of supporter engagement activities that will mark Everton’s visit to the United States.
After taking on Arsenal, Lampard’s side will travel to Minneapolis-Saint Paul to take on Major League Soccer’s Minnesota United, coached by Blues legend Adrian Heath.
To find out more about Everton’s planned fan events in the USA, click here.
Tickets for Everton’s matches against Arsenal and Minnesota United are on general sale. To buy, visit evertonfc.com/USA2022