New York City FC got their first-ever preseason campaign underway in fine fashion yesterday as they beat Scottish club St Mirren 2-0 in Manchester, with Spanish star David Villa netting the club’s first-ever goal on his debut.
Villa took just 34 minutes to open his account and the club’s first captain led by example as he slotted the ball into the net before jumping in the air and pumping his fist.
Tony Taylor added a second goal on 69 minutes as he volleyed the ball into the net to seal a first victory for the expansion franchise.
It was the first time coach Jason Kreis has been able to see his players in action in a competitive game and he will have been delighted by what he saw from his players.
The game was played at Manchester City’s Etihad Campus and all eyes would have been on World Cup winner Villa, who made sure he left his mark, and the 33-year-old has revealed that he and his teammates are ready to fight for success in MLS this season.
“We want to be fighting up there for trophies, we need to keep working hard,” the Spaniard told Here Is The City after the game.
“We belong to a really big company, not only in New York City but the City Group. This is our goal to win as many games as possible, and we are going to be up there fighting for everything.”
Villa was also asked how it felt to score the first-ever goal in New York City colours and although he was clearly delighted, he remains focused on improving through preseason.
“It’s been great, scoring the first goal in the history of this club, but the real most important thing is to keep working hard this pre-season,” Villa added.
“I think we deserve credit because St Mirren is halfway through their season, so it’s a tough team for us, but it’s only our first game, so I am really happy.”
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