On the day he officially extended his contract through the 2018 Major League Soccer season, David Villa returned to the stadium of some of his most memorable recent goal-scoring heroics.

No, there wasn’t a soccer game scheduled at Yankee Stadium, but a baseball game.

The New York City FC captain and striker threw out the first ball prior to the Yankees’ home game against the Toronto Blue Jays.


Video courtesy of the NYCFC Facebook page

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Guardian.com. Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of BigAppleSoccer.com. He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at Amazon.com.