The New York City Football Club is the soccer expansion from New York that is going to be competing in the Major League Soccer beginning 2015. Their expansion rights were bought by the Premier League’s Manchester City‘s owner and the New York Yankees.
They are hoping to steal fans from the New York Red Bulls and maybe get enough attention on themselves to be able to fill up the Yankee Stadium – where they are going to play their home games. Much like the Mets / Yankees, Giants / Jets, Islanders / Rangers and Knicks / Nets rivalries, it is possible they can be successful building a strong fan base even though soccer is not as popular as the other sports.
Well, they’ve made a move that might put them a step closer to making the team appealing to new fans.
David Villa is reportedly joining the MLS expansion team for their debut season, acording to the NY Post.
The Spanish superstar is expected to sign a three year minimum contract, according to the NY Post, to reinforce the new franchise perform at a competitive level and sell tickets.
Villa is one of the cornerstones of the Spanish national football team that is headed to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup. Defending champions, they hope to conquer the world once again.
Villa’s scoring abilities and the amount of gas left he’s got in the tank will surely bring some attention to the young franchise and the MLS in general, maybe sending the message to athletes around the world that soccer can be played at a high level in the American league.