First New York City FC signing David Villa hoping to "meet the expectations" of North American fans

Villa meets the press, expresses excitement over NYCFC signing

David Villa in a press conference with Spain

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Pablo Maurer

LANDOVER, Md. – David Villa met the press at FedEx Field on Friday afternoon, the first time the prolific goalscorer had done so since being announced as the first player of MLS’ 21st franchise, New York City FC.

Starting XI: Revs, Red Bulls set to square off, a Sunday SuperClasico, & USMNT's final test

Revs prepped for Henry (or not); can Portland win in the Wasatch? | Starting XI

Welcome to Starting XI, our Friday rundown of what to watch for – and what we're watching.

Our recommended musical pairing this week, as per Armchair Analyst Matt Doyle, is Hole's"Live Through This" because we love to see things break.

USMNT vs. Nigeria | International Friendly Match Preview

#USAvNGA Preview: Third time's the charm for USMNT before Brazil?

USA vs. Nigeria
Saturday, June 7, 2014, 6 pm ET
EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Fla.
Watch on ESPN, Watch ESPN, Univision

Third time’s a charm, right?

At least that’s what Jurgen Klinsmann and the US national team are hoping when it comes to Saturday’s friendly against Nigeria – the Yanks’ final World Cup tune-up in the States before they head to Brazil.

Too much respect? Watch how Trinidadian defender greets Lionel Messi | SIDELINE

Too much respect? Watch how Trinidadian defender greets Messi

We come down on the side of "too much" in this instance.

That's Trinidad & Tobago's Ataullah Guerra greeting Argentine superstar Lionel Messi in the pregame handshake line for a friendly between the two teams. Apparently, Guerra is a fan of Wayne's World:

World Cup: For longtime MLS man Arturo Alvarez, El Salvador showing an important step

For longtime MLS man Alvarez, El Salvador showing an important step
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Arturo Alvarez in action for El Salvador

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FRISCO, Texas – It was an exciting homecoming for one of Texas’ own as former FC Dallas midfielder Arturo Alvarez played for El Salvador against World Cup-bound Ivory Coast, and got his team on the scoreboard with a well-taken penalty kick in the 75th minute in a 2-1 loss in a Road to Brazil friendly.

El Salvador 1, Ivory Coast 2 | Road to Brazil match recap

SLV 1, CIV 2: Drogba and Gervinho lead the way for Elephants
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Gervinho and Didier Drogba

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FRISCO, Texas – With captain Didier Drogba leading the way, Ivory Coast shook off a poor performance against Bosnia-Herzegovina, and despite some sluggish moments, did what they needed to do to beat a young El Salvador side in front of an impassioned crowd of 18,578 at Toyota Stadium on Wednesday night.

Mexico 0, Bosnia and Herzegovina 1 | International Friendly Match Recap

MEX 0, BIH 1: Missing Marquez, Mexico struggle to make a mark

Mexico’s World Cup preparations hit another bump in the road on Tuesday night, as they fell 1-0 to Bosnia and Herzegovina in a tepid performance at Chicago’s Soldier Field.


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Mexico vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina | International Friendly Preview

#MEXvBIH: How will injuries impact El Tri? Can Bosnia overcome internal drama?

Mexico Bosnia, Road to Brazil, preview image

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Mexico vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina
International Friendly
June 3 | 9:30 pm ET | Soldier Field, Chicago
TV: UniMas


Three Things: How close are the USMNT to being in World Cup form? | Armchair Analyst

Three Things: How close are the US to World Cup form? | Analyst

Take a deep breath, count to five and repeat "It's only a friendly." All managers, good and bad, play these games to figure out what's right and what's wrong.

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