From David Beckham coming to the Los Angeles Galaxy to Thierry Henry joining the New York Red Bulls, Major League Soccer has had European greats come over to the United States to play soccer. Unfortunately, the case with Beckham and Henry involved both of them being in the latter stages of their respective careers. However, this trend of European players coming over when their playing days have diminished has witnessed a bit of a speed bump with David Villa changing the previous trend.
David Villa of Spain has proved countless times he is one of the premier players in the world. On June 2nd, Villa made his move to the MLS official when he signed a three-year deal with New York City FC. This move also makes him the first player to sign on with the expansion club set to begin play next season. While the MLS is not as respected in regards to some of the more talented European leagues, such as the English Premier League and La Liga, if it can continue to bring in high-profile names, the respect will soon follow. Villa recognized this and said, “I want to try and help MLS continue to grow, through playing, working hard, scoring goals and at the same time try to make New York City FC become the best team in the league.”
Now, back to Villa as a player. As I mentioned before, David Villa still possesses the ability to play at a high level against the best competition in the world. The 32-year-old forward will be on Spain’s World Cup team after being a key part to their 2010 World Cup championship team. He also has the Spanish record for international goals with 56. Villa spent this past season with Atletico Madrid, where he helped them achieve a breakthrough season, winning the La Liga and making it to the finals of the Champion’s League. The other clubs he has played for include Sporting Gijon, Zaragoza, Valencia and Barcelona. It was at Valencia, whom he joined at the age of 23, that he really began to make a name for himself as one of the best scorers in all of Spain. Shortly following this, Villa would become a regular starter for the Spanish national team.
You can’t say enough about his resume in soccer. David Villa has achieved countless honors, having amassed a World Cup title, a European Championship title, three La Liga titles, and a UEFA Champions League title. Villa will bring plenty of quality to Major League Soccer and will surely be a threat to be the best player in the whole league. In the meantime, Villa will put his talents on display in Brazil and try to help Spain win a second consecutive World Cup this summer.