When Manchester City announced that New York City FC would play their first-ever game on the Etihad Campus against St. Mirren, it was sold on the basis that the local fans could come and watch World Cup winner David Villa play for his new team.
True to their word, when the teams came out, Villa was there, wearing the light blue kit of NYCFC and the famous No. 7.
The home fans wouldn’t be disappointed, after 34 minutes Villa pounced on a defensive mistake, controlling the ball in a single touch before sweeping it past Marian Kello.
After the game, Here Is The City asked the former Valencia and Barcelona striker how it felt to score the first-ever goal in the history of New York City FC.
"Very happy! It's been great, scoring the first goal in the history of this club, but the real most important thing is to keep working hard this pre-season," Villa said.
"I think we deserve credit because St Mirren is halfway through their season, so it's a tough team for us, but it's only our first game, so I am really happy."
The New York City fans will be hoping that Villa can continue with where he left off at Melbourne City in the A-League. It may have been only four games, but the Spaniard scored twice for the Australian side.
When asked what his personal goals for the season were with his new club, Villa was not only proud to be part of history, but tried to keep the spotlight off himself.
"It's difficult to say because it is only the beginning, but we want to be fighting up there for trophies, we need to keep working hard. We belong to a really big company, not only in New York City but the City Group. This is our goal to win as many games as possible, and we are going to be up there fighting for everything."
New York City FC get their inaugural MLS season underway against Orlando City SC on the 8th of March at the Citrus Bowl, before making their home debut in Yankee Stadium against the New York Revolution.