Andrea Pirlo set to sign with MLS side New York City FC next week

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Major League Soccer has seen an influx of quality veterans over the last six months or so.

David Villa and Frank Lampard have signed for New York City, Steven Gerrard has joined the Los Angeles Galaxy and Kaka is now plying his trade in the purple of Orlando.

And the influx is showing no signs of halting, with the impending addition of another big name signing. According to a report from ESPN, Andrea Pirlo will signing his contract to join Messrs Lampard and Villa in NYC next week.

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Pirlo has been linked to MLS for the past couple of summers, but it now seems that the Juventus and Italy star has finally decided to make the move over to North America.

18 Month Deal

The 36-year old will be putting pen to paper on an 18-month contract with the Manchester City affiliate, taking him through the 2016 MLS season. According to  Roberto Abramowitz's report, the deal also includes an option for the 2017, but it's not known if that is a team or player option.

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Pirlo has been spotted around New York last week, reportedly buying a property in the city as well as turning up to a New York Yankees, where he was caught on the big screen.

Good or Bad Move?

The question remains to be seen however, is this a good move for New York City and MLS? Sure, they get an experienced player who has bags of quality on the ball, but Major League Soccer is such a physical league, where ability to get box-to-box as a midfielder is a much-needed trait. 

NYC head coach Jason Kreis is also going to have to tinker his tactics when Pirlo and Frank Lampard come in. New York City have just strung three wins together and the team are starting to gel, pulling themselves off the bottom of the Eastern Conference for the first time this season, but the new acquisitions will almost certainly disrupt that.

NYC have United States international Mix Diskerud playing in the heart of midfield, and Kreis is going to have to change his formation to accommodate two more central midfielder, none of whom are exactly known for their defensive work-rate. 

Bringing in Pirlo is great for MLS on a global level, and for the business/marketing side of New York City, but things could be different on the pitch.


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