Throughout the Desert Diamond Cup, we’ll take a look at some of the best players from each team competing in Tucson for the Cup, as we look to crown the CARF International Most Valuable Player, awarded to the outstanding player of the tournament.

Few players in the history of Major League Soccer has the resume of New York City FC midfielder Andrea Pirlo.

The Italian World Cup champion joined in 2015 after more than a decade of playing at the highest level for Juventus and AC Milan.

Known for his pinpoint passes and incredible free kick accuracy, Pirlo has helped NYCFC become the best attacking team in the MLS in just three years of existence.

Last year, the Bronx Blues found the back of the net 62 times, edging their crosstown rivals by a goal. Pirlo’s 11 assists were good enough to tie for fifth in the league, continuing a trend that has spanned over a decade.

The deep lying midfielder has the ability to change matches with one pass, and is considered by many to be among the greatest passers in the history of the game.

See Andrea in action during the Desert Diamond Cup Championship as NYCFC closes out preseason preparation in Tucson. (TICKETS)


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