Offensive Player of the Week: David Villa, NYCFC
David Villa has not missed a beat. The former Spain and Barcelona man continues to impress since joining NYCFC and at 35 years of age, just when you’d think he’d be slowing down, Saturday’s match against DC United proves that age is just a number.
Helping NYCFC to a 4-0 victory in their home opener, David Villa’s 2 goals and 1 assist has us at Total MLS singing his praises and awarding him our prestigious honour of Offensive Player of the Week for week 2.
With New York already on the board early, Villa doubled their lead in the 28th minute. Standing completely unmarked in the 18, Villa was able to get a head to a cross swung in by Rodney Wallace and place the ball into the side netting ahead of a diving Bill Hamid. But he wasn’t done there. The Spaniard helped Argentine Maxi Moralez open his scoring account, feeding the diminutive DP a perfect through ball which he easily converted, giving NYC a 3-0 lead.
Villa picked up his brace in the 75th minute on a stunner. After absolutely undressing defender Steve Birnbaum with a clever step over followed by a cut to the outside of the 6 yard box, the Spanish legend chipped the ball over a kneeling Hamid and hitting the far side netting. Two goals and an assist for David Villa, and 3 points for the home team. Not a bad return to Yankee Stadium.
I guess Josef Martinez of Atlanta United deserves a shout out of sorts for his hat trick in the 6-1 drubbing of Minnesota United. But as we’ve come to realize after just 2 games is that goals against the Loons aren’t exactly very difficult to come by.
Defensive Player of the Week - Tim Howard, Colorado Rapids
Tim Howard, just like David Villa, took week 2 as his opportunity to prove that age means very little and put on a performance worthy of Defensive Player of the Week honours.
As Colorado took on the Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena, it was the home side that commanded just about every aspect of the game. While Howard was on the losing end on the day, it was through no fault of his own that the Rapids didn’t walk away with at least a point. Tim made 7 stops, including robbing BWP on 2 occasions from point blank range, as well as making 14 successful passes, and claiming 10 recoveries. If not for a Eric Miller own goal just before the break, Tim Howard’s efforts likely would not have been in vain.