MLS Player of the Week: Week 2 – David Villa

David Villa New York City FC David Villa celebrates scoring against New England Revolution (Photo:

This week’s MLSGB Player of the Week award goes to New York City FC captain David Villa for his excellent performance in the win against the New England Revolution on Sunday night.

It was a historic day for NYCFC as they played their first ever home game as an MLS club against the Revs at Yankee Stadium in front of 43,507 fans.

Villa was instrumental in the 2-0 victory as he scored one and created the other and could have had so many more goals as he looked to be in the mood. Displays like that for the rest of the season will see the all-time leading Spain scorer set the league on fire.

David Villa’s goal against New England (via MLS on YouTube):

Villa scored NYCFC’s first-ever home goal in the 18th minute as he linked up with Ned Grabavoy before coolly slotting past Revs ‘keeper Bobby Shuttleworth.

He created the second and final goal of the game on 83 minutes as he put the ball on a plate for former Revs forward Patrick Mullins, who had only been on the pitch for a matter of seconds before sealing the victory.

He had a total of six shots over the course of the game (with five of those on target) and also looked to bring his teammates into play when possible as he made three key passes (passes that led to shots).

David Villa's statistics from the game against New England Revolution (Stats via

David Villa’s statistics from the game against New England Revolution (Stats via

Villa only made 28 touches in last week’s 1-1 draw with Orlando City but looked like a different player in the game on Sunday night as he made 67 touches – the second-highest number of all the NYCFC players as only Mix Diskerud made more.

It must be noted that the New England Revolution don’t look like the team that reached the MLS Cup final just four months ago as they have started the season with back-to-back losses, conceding five goals without scoring.

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The Revs are desperately missing Jermaine Jones in midfield and don’t look organised defensively. David Villa and his NYCFC side capitalised on that in fine style as they dominated the game and create endless chances.

New York City travel to the Colorado Rapids next Saturday in their third game of the season and David Villa will be eyeing up another big display against a Rapids side that conceded more goals than any other MLS team in 2014.

How impressed were you with David Villa in Week 2? Who was your Player of the Week?

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