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Best NYC FC Player

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Of the half-dozen or so players signed to new American superclub NYC FC, David Villa, the 32-year-old from a little city in northern Spain, is the one to watch. Sure, the team hasn’t played a game yet, but Villa will be the best modern footballing import since the Red Bulls’ Thierry Henry landed here in 2010. Judging from the excitement around Villa during his presentation before a Liverpool–Manchester City friendly at Yankee Stadium this past summer, New Yorkers (even the Man City haters) are primed for the Spaniard’s residency. He’s the top scorer on what’s considered the best national team ever, netting 59 goals for La Furia Roja during its golden era (which ended this past World Cup), and Villa could likely fill the striker role for NYC FC. We’ll be sitting up high in Yankee Stadium in early March, watching players run around a rectangular field that’s oddly arranged inside a baseball diamond. It might sound miserable, and the weather probably won’t cooperate, but we’ll be there. Because of David Villa.

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