David Villa grew up in the small mining town of Tuilla in the municipality of Langreo in North Spain. Even from a young age, Villa faced obstacles he had to overcome in order to become a soccer icon. Continue reading “Why is David Villa Called ‘El Guaje’?”
Much of the criticism surrounding New York City FC since its inception has been around the club’s relationship with Manchester City FC.
New York City FC has been referred to as “Manchester City B” or the club’s “farm team.”
New head coach Patrick Vieira, who was formally introduced to the media Wednesday, wants to keep the two separate and give New York City FC, which failed to qualify for the playoffs its first season in Major League Soccer in 2015, its own identity.
Another season, another club president.
New York City FC on Wednesday named Jon Patricof as the club’s president.
Patricof, the former President and COO of Tribeca Enterprises, parent company of Tribeca Film Festival and related activities, will begin the role in March ahead of New York City FC’s second season in Major League Soccer.
Mix Diskerud was on Cloud 9 when he signed with New York City FC on Jan. 13.
“Obviously I’m an American and now I have a chance to live in the States and I haven’t had that chance yet,” he later told me leading up to his debut season in the country. “That’s something I’ve been looking forward to.”
The midfielder was born in Oslo, Norway, to an American mother and Norwegian father. Mix played his entire professional soccer career in Norway until signing with New York City FC ahead of their inaugural season in Major League Soccer.
There were no jaws on the floor or heads being scratched on Friday afternoon when New York City Football Club announced their roster changes following the 2015 Major League Soccer campaign.
The contract of midfielder Sebastian Velasquez expired.
About a month and a half ago, New York City FC head coach Jason Kreis pulled forward Patrick Mullins aside.
“I told him it was difficult because we were playing with one striker and that striker was David Villa so it was difficult for me to not be involving him more,” Kreis recalled. “He’s a player I have a lot of faith in and a lot of admiration for.”
Each week New York City FC are steadily improving as players — both new faces and old faces — are continuing to get acclimated and more comfortable with each other.
That growing relationship was especially present between David Villa, Andrea Pirlo and Kwadwo Poku in the 3-1 victory over D.C. United on Thursday night at Yankee Stadium. The trio were directly responsible for all three goals in the win over the top team in the Eastern Conference.
There is a video on YouTube vaguely entitled “Horse Race.”
It was uploaded three years ago and has a mere 119 views.
The 9:36 black-and-white video with scratchy sound has occasionally been viewed by New York City FC defender Chris Wingert. This video is highlights of the 1946 Triple Crown won by Wingert’s grandfather, Warren Mehrtens, while riding Assault.
One year ago today, New York City FC made their first splash in the transfer market, signing world-class forward David Villa.
Despite not having a cavalry of teammates to train with initially, Villa was unfazed. He trained under the guidance of friend and former Atletico Madrid physical training coach Oscar Pitillas and New York City FC head coach Jason Kreis.
Being a head coach of a professional franchise is a difficult and stressful task. Many believe they can do it, but only a few can handle it and even fewer can obtain success.
“Sometimes it can be a very lonely job,” New York City FC head coach Jason Kreis said. “Sometimes you feel the entire world is on your shoulders, so it’s always nice to have people you worked with in the past by your side.”
That’s why Kreis prioritized bringing a support system – both on the sideline and on the field – with him from Real Salt Lake to New York to help shoulder the burden.