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15 hours ago

Socceroo Valeri adds spice to Melbourne derby in A-League

ESPN FC's John Wilkinson and Jason Dasey give their picks for week 3 of the A-League.

Melbourne Victory midfielder Carl Valeri has added to the tensions ahead of Saturday's derby game in the A-League by suggesting that Melbourne City should have read the fine print when they signed former Spain striker David Villa as a guest player.

City received a setback in the lead-up to the all-Melbourne clash when it was announced that Villa was likely to play only four games in the A-League instead of the scheduled 10 because of his early departure to sister club, New York City FC, in Major...

By ESPN Staff
1 day ago

David Villa to end loan at Melbourne City

David Villa is set to end his loan spell at Melbourne City next month after just four A-League matches to fulfill commercial obligations for NYCFC.

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2 days ago

New York City's David Villa to cut short A-League stint with Melbourne City

David Villa is set to end his loan spell at Melbourne City next month after just four A-League matches to fulfill commercial obligations for NYCFC.

David Villa is to end his loan spell with A-League side Melbourne City next month due to his commercial commitments with New York City.

Former Spain striker Villa signed a three-year contract with NYC FC in June but, as the club will not take part in Major League Soccer until March 2015, he was loaned out to Melbourne City to secure game time in the interim.

Melbourne City -- which is 80 percent owned by the City Football Group that also controls NYC FC and Manchester City -- had hoped Villa might...

By ESPN Staff
4 days ago

David Villa scores on Melbourne home debut

David Villa rescues a point for Melbourne City with a late equaliser as they draw 1-1 at home with the Newcastle Jets in the Australian A-League on Sunday.

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 By Jason Dasey
Oct 16, 2014

Melbourne City's David Villa making impact while adjusting to A-League

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and John Wilkinson preview week two of the Hyundai A-League.

Just like Dwight Yorke and Alessandro Del Piero before him, David Villa is a global star who made an immediate impression in front of the fans in Sydney. He was on the field for just 15 minutes before showing his class with a stunning goal from outside the box in his A-League debut.

The difference is that Yorke and Del Piero were marquee players for Sydney FC. Villa was playing for the away team, Melbourne City, and his equaliser off the bench in the 1-1 draw on opening weekend drew a more subdued...