Report: Pirlo buys home in New York, daughter hints at NYCFC move

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Andrea Pirlo to New York City FC continues to look like a sealed deal.

Reports out of Italy now suggest the Italian midfielder has bought a house in New York City in lieu of the move. Further, those very reports cite sources claiming Pirlo’s daughter Angela has told classmates her father would be leaving for New York City FC.

The first reports of Pirlo owning property in New York City came from Australian super-agent Lou Sticca. Sticca was in Europe last week in a last-ditch attempt to lure Pirlo to the A-League.

“I know well that New York is a huge attraction plus he owns a house there,” Sticca told reporters. “However, if it’s time for him to seek new adventures, I feel it my duty to plant Australia there for his consideration.”

Pirlo’s name has been floated with a move to either New York City FC or the A-League’s Sydney FC for weeks. However, Sydney boss Graham Arnold splashed cold water on a Sydney move, stating, “I have not had any contact from an agent (regarding Pirlo) and have not heard anything about him coming to Australia. I am not looking in that direction … I am looking for an attacking player who can help replace Marc Janko and can add something extra to the front line.”

Pirlo, 36, is under contract with Juventus for another year. No word has emerged as to whether The Old Lady will re-sign him, ask for compensation in return for Pirlo’s services or if they will let him go on a free transfer.

  • Ulrich

    “in lieu” may not be the words you want.

  • mls needs help

    Is pirlo worth a 2 year contract? And dp money.
    This guy doesn’t run, he jogs and plays like if its a scrimmage.
    I say let him eat the bench in the juve or let him go somewhere else.
    In that case, they should have gotten raul or get ronaldinho.
    Ronaldinho at least can juke your ass and send beautiful passes like Beckham.
    What about drogba or sneijder, they would be good.

    • Ulrich

      Valderrama didn’t run and yet he was still one of the best and most effective linchpin passers of his generation. Ronaldinho would be a man without a position since his preferred position is already filled by Lampard. Armchair critiquing is easy when done in a vacuum.

      • Smith

        Valderrama was 20 years ago though. The game and league have changed. Pirlo is still a great player, buy Yankee City would have been better off getting a defender.

        • Ulrich

          The game is still the same – put the ball in the net to score a point. How a team does that is up to tactics, and there are many different tactics to employ based on personnel and philosophy. Just a few years ago, every pundit out there said the 4-4-2 was dead and the way of the future was the 4-2-3-1. Then it was the 4-3-3. Now teams are again playing the 4-4-2. The same goes with style of play. For years every team needed a true #10, that had the ball go through them, to be successful, and then when countries couldn’t always produce a player of that ability, tactics changed to more wing play. We just saw the US take down Germany, a far more superior team with individual skills, by employing world-class speed with Yedlin, Morris, and Zardes because Germany couldn’t match up with the necessary marking – it’s not that those three players don’t also have competent skills, but the speed is what changed the tide. Would this have worked against another country that could have run step for step, probably not, and hence different tactics would likely be used. So, whether Pirlo prefers to jog and pass versus run and dribble does not necessarily matter if the tactics employed by NYCFC play to his strengths allowing him to exploit the opposing team.

          • smith

            Fair point on tactics. Hang aroung long enough and the “W M” formation will come back.

    • Tim D.

      Have u ever seen what this guy can do with the ball at his feet? Are u drunk? He is among the most gifted active talents on the planet. He will feed goals left n right for NYCFC.

      • mls needs help

        Its a case of, it’s too late or too old.
        Then why not pay millions to.donovan to come back or get ronaldinho.
        What’s the hold up.
        Ronaldinho reminds me terrell owens, really good player but they need the big lights big city And veteran coach to stay on the right path.

        • smith

          Ronaldhino is out of shape, lazy and loves to party. Worst possible signing.

        • slowleftarm

          Someone definitely needs help here but it’s not MLS

    • slowleftarm

      I think younger DPs would be better in general but this guy just played in the Champions League final last week – and you want dinosaurs like Raul and Ronaldinho instead?

      • smith

        Raul, at least, is fit. Dhino doesn’t even bother to try to keep in shape. I’m not against signing an older player if they’re fit, are good mentors and can still play. Dhino brings none of that. He’d be a bad signing all around.

  • First, let me say I don’t see Pirlo playing for NYCFC.

    But, dude, he just started in the champions league final 5 days ago. He’s been called up by Italy for Euro qualifiers this summer. But not good enough for NYCFC? Seriously?

  • OpenCupFan

    It always amazes me that anyone cares what is happening in MLS.
    .
    It’s like seeing a news report about the new fry cook at the McDonalds downtown. Why is this news, it’s the same old crap fries?

    • DanGerman

      Because a lot of people love those fries. When the biggest section of local soccer supporters in the united states are fans of MLS teams, you get more coverage. It’s simple supply and demand.

      • OpenCupFan

        You certainly sound like a consumer of crap. Target audience found.

        • Ulrich

          One’s own prima donna view & opinion about a given subject does not correlate to a lack of taste by the many.

          • DanGerman

            Agreed. Just because you like something doesn’t make everything else in the same vein crap. Just makes you ignorant like a kid who’ll only eat chicken nuggets.

        • slowleftarm

          How is it “crap” when it’s far better than NASL, which consists mostly of players proven to be not good enough for MLS.

    • slowleftarm

      You Hempstead boys were desperate to join MLS and MLS preferred a brand new startup with zero history to your “worldwide brand.” That’s a sad tale and I guess explains why you hate MLS so much.

      • Anonymous

        Not a Cosmos fan by any stretch of the imagination, but what you’re saying is simply false.

        MLS would’ve loved a Cosmos brand willing to be part of the single entity.
        Cosmos would’ve love to be D1/MLS if they were allowed to be an independent club.(stupid imho)
        Neither side budged – so here we are.

        MLS didn’t reject the Cosmos. They rejected the notion of independent clubs in their league.

      • Larry’s slow left arm is a simplrton

        You know, I have a can of Red Bull shoved so far up my rear that when I open my mouth, Red Bull spills all over my life size Don Garber plush toy!

      • Resguard

        You can really justify the “slow” part of your name…

  • OpenCupFan

    You guys are so funny, say the slightest, littlest thing the seems to mock MLS and you guys line up like seals to respond. Must say MLS bots are well trained. Too well trained? Scary.
    .
    Anyway, back to the relevant point. News about MLS is like news about the Wendy’s on Main Street getting a new night manager. Who cares? Well, to be fair, you can get something good to eat at Wendy’s – nothing good comes out of MLS.
    .
    Did you guys hear that when an independent burger joint came to Montreal, McWendys MLS gave its local franchise a month to prepare? #bushleague

    • Ulrich

      That’s just ripe hypocrisy… Anything is written about MLS and you line up with an immediate opinion proclaiming it’s the truth of the land, even if statistics and facts seems to get in the way.

      Bots, plastic, whatever adjective you want to use…. nickel and dime words won’t lend any more credibility to your opinion when you write such drivel.

      • OpenCupFan

        Seals get paid in fish when performing well.
        .
        One fishie for you.

  • OpenCupFan

    People need to stop calling MLS bush league goddamit!!! It is an affront to bush leagues!

    • LOL

      Says a NASL fanboy.

      • OpenCupFan

        Cosmos fan, thank you very much.

        • LOL

          What’s the difference? 99% of NASL fanboys are Cosmos fans.

          • Gazza

            All 600 of them

            • Larry’s slow left arm is a simpleton

              That’s right! You tell them! MLS rules! 12 teams make the playoffs! We have waiver drafts! Re-entry drafts! Ned Grabavoy! Chance Michaels! Nick Chavez tweets! We have a narrow pitch! We have fans from Bushwick! We are hip! We are happening! We are now! We are Mandar cologne, baby!!!!! We have Don Garber! We are City!

              • Dave L

                Mandar. That’s now thinking, Unger!!!

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