New York City FC rave over Andrea Pirlo's MLS debut: "Now there will be no more long ball"

Jul 27, 2015 1286

by Dylan Butler

It was 30 minutes of brilliance, according to NYCFC forward David Villa. That was the Spaniard's assessment of Andrea Pirlo's Major League Soccer debut in a 5-3 win over Orlando City at Yankee Stadium Sunday. "He just got here on Tuesday and look at what he did in a half-an-hour," Villa said through a translator. "His half-an-hour was fantastic."

Many in the crowd of 32,041 chanted "We want Pirlo" throughout the first half and they stood in unison when the Italian legend emerged next to fourth official Robert Sibiga. Mehdi Ballouchy came off and Pirlo came on amidst a deafening roar in the 56th minute. It was Pirlo Party time.

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