Andrea Pirlo came on against Orlando City SC in the 56th minute to a roaring crowd in Yankee Stadium, and made his mark on the game within the first minute he stepped on to the field with a class over the top through ball to Andrew Jacobson, who could not finish. The Italian dazzles in New York City FC’s 4-3 win over Orlando. Also making his debut this game was Jefferson Mena.
There isn’t much one can say about Pirlo that hasn’t already been said. He is simply class, with fantastic ball control and nearly perfect pass accuracy, Pirlo is a maestro on the field, and there isn’t much more one can say. Jason Kreis summed it up well in his postgame press conference.
[Pirlo] is a special, special player.
Pirlo came on and was involved with the game, becoming a key cog in NYCFC’s midfield. He did commit a yellow card foul in the 88th minute.
In the 73rd minute, Pirlo linked up with fellow substitute Mix Diskerud with a through ball; that nearly led to a goal. Diskerud was tackled in the box in what could have been a penalty. By seeing this, NYCFC fans got a glimpse of what their midfield will look like when Frank Lampard eventually makes his debut.
Tommy McNamara was brilliant in the game as well and could look to be the fourth man in the diamond alongside Pirlo, Lampard and Diskerud.
All in all, Pirlo looked class in his debut in New York, and should be a key contributor for NYCFC for the rest of this season. Expect his assist total to tally, and some brilliant free kicks from the Italian maestro.