Villa Signs One-Year Extension With New York City FC
Spanish forward David Villa has signed an extension with New York City FC as he continues his dominant streak in the MLS following two successful seasons. Villa received 2016 MLS MVP honors and sits with five goals in seven matches in 2017.
MLS Soccer News: New York City FC has announced that reigning MLS MVP David Villa has signed a one-year contract extension. NYCFC’s first signing, first captain and record goal scorer signed a new deal that will keep him at the club until the end of the 2018 campaign.
“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.
Villa continued with a message for the fans who have supported him since the day he first arrived in 2015.
“I want to say thank you to everybody for the support – from the first day until now, they love me and I love them,” said Villa. “They give me all the support inside and outside of the pitch and they are a huge part of our successes, both in the past and the ones to come in our future.”
Head Coach Patrick Vieira also expressed his pleasure that his frontline marksman has committed his future to the club.
“It’s really good news for me, it’s good news for the club and it’s good news for David, especially when you look at the way he’s been playing and the amount of goals he’s scored,” 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.”
Sporting Director Claudio Reyna brought Villa to the club in June 2014.
“David’s been a fantastic player and representative for this club since day one,” Reyna added. “His performances speak for themselves, culminating in him being named MLS MVP in his second season in the league.”
Villa scored the club’s first-ever goal at Yankee Stadium in its first win in franchise history and has not looked back, scoring 46 goals in 70 games.
Spain’s record goal scorer netted 18 times in his first season with NYCFC and followed that up with 23 tallies last season, leading his side to the MLS Playoffs and earning the MLS MVP award.
David has picked up right where he left off this season, already boasting five goals in his seven appearances – a tally which includes three AT&T Goal of the Week nominees.