New York City have Villa and maybe Lampard, but who's next?

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David Villa became the first ever player to sign for the new MLS venture, New York City this week, but who will be the two stars that make up their three-man marquee player quota?

The club are joint owned by two of sports most powerful teams, Manchester City and New York Yankees, becoming Major League Soccer's newest franchise in the process.

They won't start competing until January 2015, and with plenty of players linked, we thought it would be a good idea to have a little look at the players who might be going to join Villa in the Big Apple, as we cast an eye on the players they should be looking to bring on board.

Frank Lampard is said to be the second player on his way to New York City. According to the Daily Telegraph, Lampard is currently holding talks with the club, and it wouldn't be surprising to see him sign after the World Cup or maybe even before.

With that in mind, who would be the perfect man to become their third and final marquee player?

Lampard and Villa would create a good spine at central midfield and forward respectively.

The next and most natural move has to be central defense. New York City need to complete their already good looking spine, and defense is more important than goalkeeper in this scenario.

So who would want to come to the MLS?

When we think about who would want to come we have to remember that it's not just the MLS that becomes the draw for the player, it's also the city of the New York itself.

New York Red Bulls star Thierry Henry was certainly swayed by that, Villa no doubt was, and Lampard is likely to soon be caught by the bright light bug.

First and foremost, there are some players that are and could be available that might benefit from sometime in the MLS.

One of them is Micah Richards. He has struggled to play regularly with Manchester City in the past couple of reasons due to injury and Pablo Zabaleta's awesome form.

Once a young darling of English football, Richards could benefit from at least a season in America. Playing at a lower level could suit Richards as he tries to reignite his career, though he's likely to have plenty of european options on the table.

Another player who could potentially be swayed is Joleen Lescott. Now he's already the subject of an MLS bid for his services by the Portland Timbers, which at least shows that he has an interest to move abroad.

New York City could hijack that $1.2 million bid for Lescott, and his Manchester City links might make it an easier link-up.

Finally, and most ambitiously, Carlos Puyol should be approached by New York City. Yes, he may be retired, but that doesn't mean anything in modern day sports.

If he was handed the opportunity to go and play in New York for one season alongside Villa and Lampard, it's hard to see him turning down a chance to anchor their defense.

At the end of the day, he reluctantly decided to retired from football due to knee injuries, and given an extra rest during the next several months, come the back end up the year he could potentially come out of retirement for one last swing in soccer.

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