David Villa, one of many largest stars in Main League Soccer, is leaving New York City FC.
The Spanish star and World Cup winner spent four seasons with the club as its first captain. He plans to proceed taking part in, however has not stated the place.
Villa departs after scoring 80 objectives in 124 MLS appearances for NYCFC. He paid tribute to nearly everybody related with the franchise, in addition to to the staff’s followers in a video on YouTube.
“I can solely say thanks, thanks to everyone,” Villa stated on Wednesday. “First, to City Soccer Group that gave me the chance to come right here. To NYCFC and MLS for accepting me. To everyone on the club who helped me day-to-day.
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“Thanks to the individuals within the places of work, the individuals working with the staff and the coaches and employees. Thanks to my teammates — with out them it could have been not possible to achieve success. Thanks to the individuals working within the media that at all times gave me the respect and the love.
“I keep in mind the primary day I confirmed the jersey and the supporters have been there. I’d have favored to give the supporters the MLS Cup, however I haven’t got any doubts that within the subsequent years the club will get it for certain.”
Villa scored proper from the beginning of his MLS profession, getting NYCFC’s first Yankee Stadium aim in a home-opening win vs. New England earlier than occurring to rating 18 in his debut season.
He had 23 objectives in his second season, main the staff to the MLS playoffs for the primary time and profitable the 2016 MLS MVP award.
In 2017, he scored 24 objectives throughout all competitions regardless of taking part in in fewer video games than the earlier season.
In his remaining yr at NYCFC, Villa dealt with accidents but led the staff in objectives with 15 in 23 begins.
In all, Villa scored 77 MLS common season objectives since coming to the league in 2015, second solely to the New York Pink Bulls Bradley Wright-Phillips’ 78. He additionally scored 3 times within the playoffs.