Get the Sport24 daily newsletter delivered to your Inbox!

Spain's Villa off to the MLS

2014-06-02 19:52

New York - David Villa, who helped Spain capture the 2010 World Cup and Atletico Madrid win this year's La Liga crown, has signed a three-year deal with Major League Soccer's New York expansion team.

New York City FC announced the signing Monday, giving the club star power for its debut in 2015.

Villa will keep the number seven jersey he has worn for most of his career, including a stint at Barcelona from 2010 to 2013.

"I'm keen to do the best I can, take on board that extra responsibility and prove my worth by repaying the confidence they have shown in me," Villa said.

The newly-formed Major League Soccer club, who are jointly owned by Manchester City and the New York Yankees, confirmed on their Twitter account that the 32-year-old was their first-ever player.

The club tweeted: " (sic) Welcome to New York City: David Villa (@Guaje7Villa) officially signs as #NYCFC's first ever player. #VillatoNYCFC."

Villa is the Spanish team's all-time top scorer.

He netted four goal's in Spain's 2008 European title campaign and five goals in Spain's run to the World Cup crown in 2010 and is on the squad that defends the trophy starting later this month in Brazil.

Read more on: mls david villa soccer

More In This Category

Alejandro Sabella, who steered Argentina to the SWC final, has decided to quit as coach, Argentine has media reported.
The Japanese referee whose decisions in the opening match of the SWC triggered a storm of controversy has hit back at critics.
Brazilian superstar Neymar's brain activity while dancing past opponents is less than 10 percent the level of amateur players.
England's dismal SWC campaign in Brazil was doubly disappointing for Britain's pub operators, prompting soccer fans to stay at home.
Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk