New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – New York City FC announced on Monday that the club has signed Italian midfielder Andrea Pirlo as its third Designated Player.
The move comes just one month after Pirlo started in the Champions League final for Juventus, and he joins David Villa and Frank Lampard as the third DP for NYC.
“I have been wanting this experience for a long time, and now that the opportunity materialized, I wanted to take it,” Pirlo said. “This is a club on the rise that shares my same hunger to achieve important results in the league.”
The 36-year-old Pirlo joins NYC with the club just three points out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference having won four of its last five games, and the steadying presence of Pirlo in midfield will certainly help that postseason push.
“We have said from the outset that the right player for the third DP slot was worth waiting for,” New York City FC head coach Jason Kreis said. “Nobody could question that in Pirlo, we are bringing one of the best in the world and one of the finest players to come to MLS. Like David Villa, his final game before MLS was the Champions League final, which demonstrates a player competing at the highest level of our sport.”
Pirlo played in three World Cups for Italy’s national team, including the 2006 tournament that was won by the Azzurri, as well as three European Championships and he remains an active part of the national team under coach Antonio Conte.
During his 10 seasons with AC Milan Pirlo helped the club win two Champions League titles and the FIFA Club World Cup before he moved to Juventus in 2011 and proceeded to win four successive Serie A crowns.