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NYCFC signs Romania star Alexandru Mitrita as Designated Player

Steve Nicol reflects on the impact David Villa has had on Major League Soccer after announcing his departure from NYCFC after four seasons.

New York City FC has signed Romania international midfielder Alexandru Mitrita as a Designated Player, the club announced on Monday.

Mitrita, 23, joins from Romanian side Universitatea Craiova after putting pen to paper on a multi-year contract.

NYCFC paid an $8.5 million transfer fee, MLSSoccer.com reported, citing a source with knowledge of the deal. That would be the third-highest transfer fee ever paid by an MLS club, after Atlanta United's purchases of Pity Martinez (reported between...

New York City FC acquires U.S. international Keaton Parks, 21, on loan from Benfica

With chances for playing time limited at a club the size of Benfica, a loan move to MLS makes perfect sense for 21-year-old Keaton Parks.
With chances for playing time limited at a club the size of Benfica, a loan move to MLS makes perfect sense for 21-year-old Keaton Parks.

New York City FC announced it has added U.S. international Keaton Parks on loan from Benfica for the 2019 season. The 21-year-old midfielder, who broke through last season to make six appearances for Benfica's first team, has played the entirety of this campaign for Benfica B in Portugal's second tier.

Originally from Plano, Texas, Parks first moved to Portugal in 2015 with Varzim before moving to then Portuguese champions Benfica in 2017. The versatile midfielder made his international debut...

FC Cincinnati selects UCLA's Frankie Amaya with top pick in MLS SuperDraft

Frankie Amaya, left, poses for a picture with MLS commissioner Don Garber after FC Cincinnati picked him No. 1 in the SuperDraft.
Frankie Amaya is the youngest player in this year's draft.

Expansion side FC Cincinnati selected UCLA midfielder Frankie Amaya No. 1 overall in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft on Friday.

"This is what I worked my whole life for," Amaya told MLSSoccer.com at the draft in Chicago. "This is a crazy moment."

Amaya, 18, is the youngest player in the draft, but his upside is such that he's expected to adapt well to the professional game, even in a central playmaking role that is usually the domain of foreign players.

The Generation Adidas player spent just one season...

New York City FC's Jonathan Lewis added to January U.S. training camp squad

New York City FC midfielder Jonathan Lewis has been added to the U.S. squad for its January training camp.

The 21-year-old Lewis is one of 13 uncapped players on Gregg Berhalter's first squad with the national team. Berhalter was hired as U.S. coach on Dec. 2.

Lewis was part of the U.S. squad that won the 2017 CONCACAF Under-20 title.

The training camp begins on Jan. 6 in Chula Vista, California. The U.S. plays its first game of 2019 on Jan. 27 against Panama in Arizona.

The addition of Lewis was...

David Villa to join Andres Iniesta at Vissel Kobe after leaving New York City FC

Steve Nicol reflects on the impact David Villa has had on Major League Soccer after announcing his departure from NYCFC after four seasons.
David Villa announces he is ready for another challenge as he bids farewell to New York City FC.

David Villa has revealed that he will be joining up with former Spain teammate Andres Iniesta in Japan at Vissel Kobe, after leaving New York City FC.

Villa, 36, departs MLS after scoring 80 goals in 124  appearances for NYCFC. He paid tribute to everyone associated with the franchise, as well as to the team's fans in a video on YouTube last week as he said his goodbyes.

Vissel Kobe chairman Hiroshi Mikitani said: "We are pursuing a new style of play and after talking with the...