The New York City FC star player David Villa has been named MLS Player of the Week after scoring the 50th and 51st goals of his MLS career to power NYCFC to a 2-1 home win against the Seattle Sounders.
The Spaniard was voted Alcatel MLS Player of the Week for Week 16 by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for his brilliant performance in this MLS season.
Villa drew NYCFC level at 1-1 in the 52nd minute on Saturday, calmly placing a penalty kick down the middle for his 50th career MLS goal. The strike made Villa the fifth-fastest player in MLS history to reach the half-century mark, with the striker accomplishing the feat in his 78th regular season appearance.
Villa bagged the winner for NYCFC in the 77th, getting on the end of a Jack Harrison cross and volleying home from six yards to give the hosts their 2-1 lead.
The brace marked Villa’s 13th career multi-goal game for NYCFC, the most in MLS over that span. The reigning MLS MVP is now tied for second in the MLS Golden Boot standings with 10 goals and leads the league in combined goals and assists with 16 in 15 matches.
Entering Saturday’s match at the Red Bulls, NYCFC sits in third place in the Eastern Conference with an 8-5-3 record.
The MLS Player of the Week is selected each week of the regular season by a panel of journalists from NASR. The group consists of members of print, television, radio and online media.