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NYCFC's David Villa scores 400th career goal for club and country

David Villa joined elite company in NYCFC's win over FC Dallas, becoming the sixth active player to reach 400 career goals for club and country.

New York City FC's David Villa has scored the 400th goal of his illustrious career, with a first-half penalty in a 3-1 win over FC Dallas on Sunday.

He added another goal later in the game.

Villa, 36, now has 68 goals for NYCFC since joining the Major League Soccer franchise from Atletico Madrid in 2014. The only club that Villa has scored more goals for is Valencia, where he netted 129 times across all competitions from 2005-10.

The Spain international has 59 goals for La Roja, including...

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David Villa scores 400th career goal: El Guaje's impact on Spain, MLS and beyond

David Villa joined elite company in NYCFC's win over FC Dallas, becoming the sixth active player to reach 400 career goals for club and country.
David Villa scores the 400th goal of this career for club and country from the penalty spot to give NYCFC the lead against FC Dallas.

With a goal for New York City FC against FC Dallas on Sunday night at Yankee Stadium, David Villa became the fourth active player to score 400 career goals. Graham Hunter, Sam Marsden, Dermot Corrigan and Jeff Carlisle illustrate the impact of El Guaje across Spanish, U.S. and international football.

Spain and Valencia

Like many others, the first time David Villa entered my consciousness was January 2004. Coming on as a half-time substitute at the Camp Nou, he tucked away the penalty which,...

Real Madrid wanted Iniesta, Alves, Villa and Fabregas in 2008 - Schuster

Former Real Madrid coach Bernd Schuster says he tried to get the club to sign Andres Iniesta, Dani Alves, David Villa and Cesc Fabregas in summer 2008 but none of the proposed deals went through.

Former Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid midfielder Schuster won the 2007-08 La Liga title during his first season in charge at the Bernabeu, only to then be fired the following December by club president Ramon Calderon after saying he felt his team had no chance ahead of a Clasico at the Camp...

New York City FC's David Villa eyeing spot in Spain's World Cup squad

David Villa was recalled by Spain coach Julen Lopetegui for two World Cup qualifiers in August.

New York City FC forward David Villa says he will be "working hard" to play in his fourth consecutive World Cup this summer.

Spain's all-time top scorer with 59 goals in 98 games, Villa is hoping to have a strong start to the Major League Soccer season in order to win a place in Julen Lopetegui's squad for the tournament in Russia.

"The only thing I can do is to give my best for New York City FC when the league starts in March," the 36-year-old Villa told EFE while attending a conference of the...

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NYCFC's David Villa to fight retirement; denies return to Europe

Despite David Villa's impressive numbers in MLS, does he need to lift MLS Cup to cement his legacy among the greats?

David Villa has played down talk of a return to European football and said he is focused on postponing retirement as long as possible.

The 35-year-old striker, who is Spain's record scorer with 59 goals from 98 appearances, was in prolific form for New York City in 2017, registering 22 times in MLS games, making him the league's top scorer. 

But he admitted that seeing his teammate, Italian legend Andre Pirlo, retire at the end of this season, was a clear message that Major League Soccer is...

New York City FC's over-reliance on David Villa cost it in the playoffs

They might be the last people New York City FC would look to for empathy, but New York Red Bulls know the feeling.

A game plan and a series that hinges on contingencies you can't plan for; a self-inflicted and avoidable disciplinary wound; a goal-of-a-lifetime against you; a goalkeeping error.

Red Bulls fans will read the above and instantly flash to multiple moments over the years that seemed to undo a season in a second; for that matter, they may well probably end up adding the circumstances...