Total MLS Player of the Week - Week 9

A lot can be said about New York City Football Club. Unfortunately, most of it is not good - their second year hasn't exactly got off to the greatest of starts. To top it off, their stars are aging poorly and after 9 matches, they've only just recorded their 2nd victory of the season. But despite all the criticism that could be heaped on them as a club, one thing has always remained positive: their first ever signing and captain cannot stop scoring.

Total MLS' Player of the Week is NYCFC striker, former World Cup champion, and 2-time European Champion, David Villa Sanchez.

The Spanish national team legend got his struggling team on the board, equalizing in the 35th minute as Khiry Shelton set up Villa, who capitalized on some incredibly sloppy defending from the Vancouver Whitecaps. But just 6 minutes later, Villa scored what should surely be a goal of the week finalist. A perfectly weighted corner kick by Andrea Pirlo managed to find a completely unmarked Villa inside the box. Villa's ability to find space allowed him to turn and send a scissor kick strike into the back of the net. NYCFC would add one more in the 73rd minute to give them a 3-2 victory at home.

Our honourable mention this week goes to the Portland Timbers backup goalkeeper Jake Gleeson. Gleeson absolutely robbed Drew Moor, Jozy Altidore and Will Johnson from point blank range, then later made an acrobatic save to deny Michael Bradley a late equalizer. His 4 incredible stops kept his club in the game and gave them the opportunity to take all three points at home on Sunday afternoon against TFC.