Villa, alongside ownership partner Jon Krane and Councilman Francisco Moya, welcomed a sizable crowd to Upper 90 in Astoria.
Moya, who has been advocating for professional soccer in Queens, was thrilled at both the early involvement with the club in its home borough and the borough’s excitement for the new team.
Moya has pushed for the construction of a soccer stadium in the borough and possibly luring NYCFC, which is still without a stadium deal, to Queens.
With Queensboro FC, Moya saw the chance to get involved early and push for a club to come to one of the most diverse places in the world.
“I look around and I could see the new starting midfielder for Queensboro FC,” Moya told the crowd. “I grew up playing soccer in Flushing and there are kids there now who might have a chance to join this club.”
Almost every jersey Villa wore in his professional career could be spotted in the crowd, including the sky blue of NYCFC, classic red-and-blue stripes of FC Barcelona, and the red of Villa’s Spanish national team that won the world cup in 2010.
After a long evening of autographs and photos, the crowd gathered around Upper 90’s indoor pitch to watch Villa play soccer with the kids in attendance, many of whom are part of Villa’s youth academy that has called Queens and Upper 90 home since 2017.
It’s expected that the DV7 Academy will work alongside the club as they build academies and affiliations.
For many involved, bringing a professional club to Queens was a no-brainer. Countless times, Villa, Krane, and Moya have referenced both the borough’s love of the beautiful game and fusion of communities from around the globe that make Queens a perfect location for a USL club.
As the club gets closer to kicking off in 2021, the partnership it has with its home seems to be strong right out of the gate.