Pirlo makes winning New York City debut as Villa scores twice

New York: David Villa scored twice to help ensure new teammate Andrea Pirlo launched his Major League Soccer career in style with New York City FC’s 5-3 victory over Orlando.

Andrea Pirlo
Andrea Pirlo

Pirlo, a 36-year-old World Cup-winning midfielder who enjoyed star turns at AC Milan — where he won two Champions League titles and for the past four seasons at Juventus where he won four Serie A crowns — was the center of attention in the match at Yankee Stadium between the two MLS expansion clubs.

Chants of “We want Pirlo!” were answered in the 57th minute, when the Italian entered the game to a standing ovation from the crowd of 32,041, speaking briefly to former Milan team-mate and now Orlando star Kaka. Pirlo settled in quickly, his deft touch enchanting fans who cheered his every touch of the ball.

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