“I’m not sure MLS is right for me. That ball looks too small and hard, there aren’t 22 players on the field, it looks really brown in midfield and the games last three hours,” Andrea Pirlo is not reported to have said after visiting Yankee Stadium to watch the other team that occasionally plays there. You know, not New York City FC, the other guys. The ones with the stripes.
So let’s fit him up for his NYCFC jersey right now. The Mail reports that the 36-year-old spoke with club chief executive Ferran Soriano during the game, while Jason Kreis’s side were in Toronto.
Or was he just on vacation?
After all, which foreign tourist wouldn’t come to New York and want to see a baseball game? And given the imperiousness and hauteur with which he plays — nay, declames — soccer, Pirlo was never going to be a Mets fan, was he?
If Pirlo hangs around in the Big Apple for another week, he can watch the derby with the Red Bulls, which might give him a slightly more useful indicator of what it’s like to play in Yankee Stadium.
Pirlo’s also been linked with Sydney FC, but this trip seems to put NYCFC in pole position, with the main question being when, not if. Reports in Italy suggest he’ll stay with Juventus until February. If so, he’ll be leaving Serie A in midseason, aged almost 37, and by the time the 2016 MLS playoffs roll around, have been playing more or less continuously for 14 months.
But maybe he’s talked to Frank Lampard, who told him there’s no need to rush to get across the pond.