Villa Scores 400th As NYCFC Tops Previously Unbeaten Dallas

NYCFC, David Villa
David Villa scored his 400th career goal in NYCFC's 3-1 win over FC Dallas. Photo: Brad Penner USA Today Sports

New York City FC 3
FC Dallas 1

Goals: NYCFC: 3’ Jesus Media, 36’ David Villa (penalty kick), 69’ David Villa; DAL: 10’ Santiago Mosquera (assist Maximiliano Urruti)

Key Points: Following its worst performance of the season, New York City FC were back in the Bronx to face unbeaten FC Dallas, and the Boys In Blue returned to their winning ways with a 3-1 win at Yankee Stadium. The home side wasted little time take the lead as Jesus Medina found the back of the net in the third minute after knocking in a rebound from Jo Inge Berget’s shot that rang off the upright. That lead would be short-lived as an unmarked Santiago Mosquera worked his way on goal and beat Sean Johnson. In the 36th minute, calls for a handball inside the FC Dallas box were belatedly answered after referee Ismail Elfath through video view confirmed the infraction and awarded New York City a penalty kick. Villa would convert from the spot to give NYC a 2-1 lead. The goal was the 400th of his career. Career goal 401 for Villa would come with 20 minutes to play, as he stole the ball from a Dallas defender and slotted home to give the Citizens a two-goal lead and the three points.

Notable:

  • Of current players, only Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Luis Suarez have reached 400 goals
  • This was the first time NYCFC have ever beaten FC Dallas
  • FC Dallas suffered the team’s first defeat of 2018
  • Jesus Medina scored his second goal of the season and first at Yankee Stadium
  • NYCFC have only been defeated once at Yankee Stadium in 12 months of Regular Season play
  • City returned to the top of the Eastern Conference

Quotable:
NYCFC Head Coach Patrick Vieira:
On David Villa reaching 400 goals:
“I think it’s a fantastic achievement. On the personal side, I think that he’s just a fantastic player. You guys are just seeing what he’s doing on the field here, but I have a chance to work with him every day and I’m always amazed by his attitude and his desire to compete every single day and train. His goals reflect who he is as a person and he’s like that every day in training. When you see him work every day, you’re not surprised that he’s scored over 400 goals. I think we’re lucky to have a player like that in our football club, not just for what he’s done on the field but to use as an example. I think it would be really difficult to find someone better who can show to the young players how to conduct yourself to play more than 15 years at the higher level and to compete at his age, so he’s a really good tool for me to use regarding how to conduct yourself as a professional.”

NYCFC’s David Villa:
In addition to the win, how special is your 400th career goal to you?
“Perfect moment, first of all, it was great for the team to comeback after a big mistake we made in Portland. It’s important for the mentality of the team to comeback as quickly as possible. We felt that on Thursday when we came back to the training facility, we made a big mistake that we need to forget quickly. I think it was the first time we beat Dallas, tough game against a great team. First of all, I’m happy to get the 3 points, then to arrive at 400 and 401 it is a great day for me. Now for me, it is time to rest and think of how I can score number 402 for the team.”

What’s next:
New York City heads across the river for the season’s first New York Derby against the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena. Kickoff is 2 p.m.