How will NYCFC replace David Villa?
David Villa has been synonymous with NYCFC since he was announced as their first player in June of 2014. On top of Villa's ageless quality and commitment, NYCFC will have to replace the stability he gave the club. All of a sudden, NYCFC are in a bit of flux.
Their transition from Patrick Vieira to Dome Torrent did not operate as smoothly as planned last season, with NYCFC losing ground in the eye test, points gained and advanced metrics as the season wore on. They still won a playoff round, after dealing with injuries throughout Torrent's tenure, but won't be able to rely on Villa next season.
NYCFC now have an open Designated Player slot, though. If they intend to take that route for Villa's replacement, it'll be the biggest decision they make this offseason.