NYCFCs David Villa reacts after scoring on a penalty kick against FC Dallas on April 29, 2018, on at Yankee Stadium.


David Villa Leaving NYCFC

November 28, 2018 - 2:50 pm

NEW YORK (WFAN) -- David Villa, who was not only New York City FC's first-ever player but also its first star, is leaving the team.

In his four seasons with NYCFC, the Spanish World Cup winner registered 80 goals and 19 assists, leading the Boys in Blue to the postseason each of the past three years. In 2016, he won the Landon Donovan MVP Award.

In an injury-plagued season this year, Villa had 14 goals and five assits.

“I can only say thank you, thank you to everybody," Villa told 

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“My experience here was amazing. It gave me everything as a soccer player, as a person and as a family man. I’ll always remember this experience with love. My heart is here, and I’m an NYCFC supporter forever.”

This season, NYCFC finished 16-10-8 and was eliminated in the Eastern Conference semifinals by Atlanta United.

Villa said he plans to continue playing but has not announced where.

“David has been an incredible ambassador and captain to this club since the moment we signed him," NYCFC sporting director Claudio Reyna said. "His professionalism and leadership helped us through the challenges that a new team faces when they come into the league. He’s represented New York City FC tremendously both on and off the pitch and has been a real leader for this football club."