Villa Named NYCFC MVP

David Villa, New York City FC, NYCFC, designated player
David Villa scored twice vs. Columbus. (Photo via NYCFC)

For the second consecutive season, David Villa has been named New York City FC’s most valuable player.

Following his first season when he scored 18 goals, Villa found the back of the net 23 times this season in helping lead NYCFC to the playoffs for the first time in team history.

“I’m very happy and pleased to have won this award again as I did last year,” Villa told NYCFC.com. “The most important thing about winning these awards is that my work for the club is adequate and it motivates me to keep working hard and to try and win the award once again next year.

He continued, “I would like to thank everyone at the club because without them I wouldn’t have won this title. I would like to share this with every person who works for the team and is part of the family at NYCFC.”

Villa is also one of three finalists for Major League Soccer’s Most Valuable Player Award, along with Bradley Wright-Phillips and Sacha Kljestan of the New York Red Bulls.

In addition, New York City FC also announced that Ronald Matarrita was named the team’s Defensive Player of the Year. The Costa Rican full-back earned the award in his first year with the team.

Matarrita joined NYCFC in January from Alajuelense and made his team debut March 6 against Chicago Fire.