Andrea Pirlo had a simple message to his new Major League Soccer rivals. He’s not a tourist and he’s in New York to win.
That was one of several key takeaways from a press conference that included Pirlo and New York City FC coach Jason Kreis. Whether the former Juventus man would make his MLS debut Sunday vs. Orlando City SC was still undecided.
“I was on vacation for a month but did some work during that month and feeling well,” he said. “But we’ll see what happens on Sunday.”
Kreis said the team will make a decision on Pirlo’s inclusion vs. Orlando on gameday.
“In my opinion it takes any player time to transition to a new league,” he said. “I think there will be a transition period (for Pirlo) but it’s been quite special to see him out there in training.”
Pirlo noted that while he wanted to play a role in the continued growth of MLS, his focus is on helping his new club reach the playoffs.
“We still have a long while to go in the season,” he said. “This is a team that started from scratch this year and we will do our best to reach the playoffs.”
With the Italian star joining David Villa and Frank Lampard on NYCFC, the playoffs may very well be in reach for the expansion team.