NYCFC: David Villa Extends Contract for One Year

by Anthony J. Merced

NYCFC have locked up their captain and designated player David Villa for the 2018 season. The 2016 MLS MVP has been everything the team could have hoped for, leading the team in goals and minutes played since joining the team in their inaugural season in 2015.

“Three years ago we started a very good project to build this amazing club and they chose me to be the first captain which I’m still so proud of,” said Villa. “When I look back to those first days in 2014, it’s amazing to see how far we’ve come in such a short time and to know that there is so much potential for us to continue growing, on and off the field.”

Villa has been a model citizen for NYCFC and the league. Many over-30 European players are characterized as treating MLS as a retirement league but Villa has done the opposite by showing an intensity for winning. Despite a rocky first season that saw his team finish near the bottom of the combined standings, he remained poised and open to the process under current head coach Patrick Vieira. His 18 goal season in 2015 turned into a 23 goal season in 2016, finishing second in the Golden Boot race.

“It’s really good news for me, it’s good news for the club and it’s good news for David,” said Vieira. “The club wanted to give him another year and he wanted to stay for another year. All of the parties are really happy and I’m personally really pleased that he will be with us for that time.”

Villa and NYCFC are currently in third place in the Eastern Conference with an important home game against Atlanta United this Sunday afternoon. He has played in all but one game this season, after suffering from illness this past week, forcing him to sit out the game against the Columbus Crew.

Photo courtesy of NYCFC