Official: Andrea Pirlo announces his arrival at New York City FC (video)

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Now, it’s official: Andrea Pirlo is the third Designated Player for New York City FC.

Currently in the East’s 7th position, NYC is already receiving a much-needed boost with the long-anticipated arrival of Frank Lampard, and now Juventus and Italy legend Pirlo is coming to Yankee Stadium.

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Juventus issued a thank you to Pirlo earlier Monday, and his new MLS side quickly followed suit with a welcome. Pirlo says an American arrival has been in the cards for a while.

From NYCFC.com:

“I have been wanting this experience for a long time and now that the opportunity materialized I wanted to take it. This is a Club on the rise and shares my same hunger to achieve important results in the League. I am hoping to win.”

“I had several opportunities to play outside of Italy, but I never had a doubt in picking New York for the enthusiasm of the people that come watch the team.”

“I met with the coach, Jason Kreis, and he gave me a fantastic impression of the Club. He has well defined ideas in mind, and I am sure we will get on well and create a good relationship to train well and try to win together.”