Description

Official Adidas New York City FC soccer ball, signed in black marker by David Villa, who added his jersey number “7” below his signature.

Sold with Certificates of Authenticity from both The Autograph Source (Lifetime Guarantee) and independent third-party authenticator PSA/DNA.

On 1 June 2014, Villa announced that he would leave Atlético. While he called the club he was joining “an irresistible project”, he did not reveal the identity of the club. The following day, he was announced as the first player for the newly formed New York City, who would start playing in the 2015 season of Major League Soccer (MLS). He was handed the number 7 shirt on arrival, and stated, “I want to try to help MLS continue to grow and try to make New York City become the best team in the league.

Villa was named New York City’s first ever team captain on 1 February 2015, as well as their first Designated Player.  Nine days later, in a friendly against Scottish club St Mirren, he scored the team’s first ever goal.   On 8 March, he started in the team’s first MLS game, away to fellow newcomers Orlando City. In a 1–1 draw, he set up Mix Diskerud for the first goal.   A week later, in their first home match at Yankee Stadium, Villa opened the scoring in a 2–0 win over the New England Revolution for the team’s first competitive victory.

On 12 July, Villa netted twice in a 4–4 home draw against Toronto, despite missing a penalty in the first half. He was selected to take part in the 2015 MLS All-Star Game on 29 July, at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado; he scored the match-winning goal from a Kaká assist as the MLS All-Stars defeated Tottenham Hotspur 2–1.   Despite Villa’s prolific performances, which saw him score 18 goals during the 2015 MLS regular season, New York City did not qualify for the MLS Cup Playoffs in their inaugural campaign.

In July 2016, Villa was included in the roster for the 2016 MLS All-Star Game.  Villa won the 2016 MLS MVP Award for the best player in the league.   He scored 23 goals in the 2016 Major League Soccer season. Villa was chosen to start against former Clásico rivals Real Madrid in the 2017 MLS All-Star Game. He started on the right of a front three, alongside Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco. The game ended 1–1, Real winning 4–2 in a penalty shoot-out. Later, on 6 August, Villa scored his first MLS hat-trick in the Blues’ 3–2 win over the New York Red Bulls in Yankee Stadium, taking him to 17 goals for the season and leading the goalscoring charts, surpassing Chicago Fire striker Nemanja Nikolić. At the end of the regular season, Villa ended up with 22 goals finishing second for top scorer award, two goals shy of Nemanja Nikolić.

On 29 April 2018, Villa scored twice in a 3–1 win over Dallas. The goals were his 400 and 401st for club and country, and in doing so, Villa became one of the few players of the modern era to score more than 400 goals in their career