How the Spanish ambassador became the unlikely face of MLS

Greg Gordon
7 min readMay 16, 2018

David Villa became the first player recruited by NYCFC in June of 2014. Having just finished a successful campaign with Atletico Madrid, winning La Liga, he chose to embark upon an adventure in The Big Apple.

David Villa during his unveiling with New York City Football Club © NYCFC

He called it “an irresistible project” but his unveiling appeared incongruous, a low-key, disjointed affair. Villa hardly spoke any English and used a…

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Greg Gordon

Greg Gordon is a Next Opponent analyst and journalist whose work has appeared in The FT, The Observer, The Sunday Times and leading international publications.