Battle Of The Superstars Goes To NYCFC’s Villa

New York City FC forward David Villa (7) shoots the ball as New York Red Bulls midfielder Salvatore Zizzo (15) defends. Photo: Vincent Carchietta-USA Today Sports

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Goals: NYCFC: 28’ David Villa (assist Alexander Ring); 72’ David Villa (assist Frederic Brillant), 75’ David Villa (penalty kick); NYRB: 41’ Bradley Wright-Phillips (assists Sean Davis, Sacha Kljestan); 64’ Bradley Wright-Phillips (assists Tyler Adams, Sacha Kljestan)

Key Points: The second league New York Derby of 2017 between the metropolitan area’s Blue side and Red side may have been a matchup between the two since New York City joined the league in 2015. For the home side, the 3-2 was the second MLS victory over its New York rivals, following its 2-0 at Red Bull Arena on June 24. NYC returned to the win column and washed away the negatives follow its 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Toronto FC a week earlier. For the Red Bulls, the loss ended a four game league winning streak (six overall) with their last loss coming to New York City in late June.
On this day, it was each team’s superstar that drove their respective offenses. For the boys in blue the league’s reigning MVP, David Villa netted a hat-trick including the game tying and winning goals late in the second half. For the visitors in red and white, Bradley Wright-Phillips was again a handful for NYCFC, scoring two wonderful goals to tie the match at 1 and then give the Red Bulls a 2-1 lead in the second half.

NYCFC Head Coach Patrick Vieira…
“It was a big game and it was a derby game. That was, I think when you’re on the winning side, it’s easier to say, that was a big game. Not just because it’s a derby but I think tactically, it was a very interesting game. Both teams, I believe, played well which is why I believe that everybody that was in the stands and watching on TV really enjoyed the game – that was a really good game of football, and what made it a good game of football was players like Wright-Phillips, like David [Villa] they perform at their level. I have to say this game today, we have to put it in the top three best games that we played since I’ve been the coach of the team because of the scenario, of course, went on our side and it was very good. The scenario and the quality of the game, the technical level of the game, to have a game like that, it takes two teams. It was very difficult for us because the Red Bulls have a fantastic team and they play very well and in the beginning of the week I was saying that if we wanted to win this game, we needed every player to be at their best. And today, we needed to be at our best to win against the Red Bulls.”

What’s next:
New York City will head west to California to face the LA Galaxy on Saturday, August 12. Match time is 11 p.m. ET. The Red Bulls return home August 12 to face the Orlando City SC.