It’s a day that we all knew would come, but weren’t emotionally prepared to deal with. A day that always seemed to be in the distant future.
But alas, here were are. The date is November 28, 2018, and our beloved David Villa has announced his departure from New York City FC.
There’s no other way to put it: David Vila wasn’t just a part of NYCFC, he is NYCFC. The club’s first-ever signing back in 2014, Villa always put the club on his back and never made excuses or gave off the impression that he would rather be somewhere else. Due to his passion and leadership, El Guaje served as primary captain for the club from the beginning of his tenure all the way to the end.
Ever the consummate professional, Villa made his mark on NYCFC throughout his four seasons with the club, scoring 80 goals in 124 appearances and also took home an MLS Landon Donovan MVP award for his efforts in 2016. He also gave City supporters a countless amount of memories, including scoring the first goal at Yankee Stadium in 2015, scoring a hat-trick against the New York Red Bulls in 2017, and lobbing in an absolutely impossible goal against the Philadelphia Union.
Villa’s departure — not retirement as clarified in an interview with Designated Player — is certainly bittersweet. On one hand, it was probably time. But on the other, seeing the Boys in Blue without the beloved No. 7 is a completely alien concept to fans at this point. It’s definitely gonna take some getting used to. And may God help the guy who is tasked with replacing him.
We love you, David! We all love you. #VillaForever indeed! Until next time, El Capitan.