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Juventus MF Pirlo joins New York City FC

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NEW YORK (AP) Star midfielder Andrea Pirlo joined Major League Soccer's New York City FC from Juventus on Monday, a little more than a month after winning a fifth consecutive Italian league title.

The 36-year-old playmaker arrives as a free transfer. He is the team's third designated player, following David Villa and Frank Lampard. On July 21, Pirlo will join New York City, which is 5-8-5 and 15 points behind leader D.C. United.

"I have been wanting this experience for a long time and now that the opportunity materialized I wanted to take it," he said on the New York club's website. "This is a club on the rise and shares my same hunger to achieve important results in the league."

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