Nov. 06, 2016
David Villa Voted MLS MVP
David Villa has been voted the MLS Most Valuable Player for the 2016 season.
Villa's 23 goals, including 4 game winning goals helped lead New York City FC to their historic first ever playoff berth. His 68 shots on goal led the league, not bad for a striker who just turned 35.
Villa has been an indispensable part of NYCFC since his arrival. The first name on the team sheet every week, the captain and leader of the squad, he has etched his name into the MLS history books in only his second season in the league.
Villa arrived in New York City last season after a brief loan spell at Melbourne City to stay fresh and the World Cup winner went to work immediately, scoring 18 goals in his first season in MLS. This year with renewed vigor he not only scored more goals but did so while becoming fluent in English, opening several youth academies and carrying NYCFC to their first ever playoff appearance.
In a league where older European players like Jermaine Defoe, and Steven Gerrard have struggled to adjust. David Villa is the third European player to win the MLS MVP award in a row, following in the footsteps of Robbie Keane and Sebastian Giovinco.
Villa has become a fan favorite, and rightfully so as he will forever be remembered in NYCFC history. NYCFC's first signing, first designated player, first home goal, and now the first MLS Most Valuable Player all belong to the man from Langreo.
He may no longer be a kid but El Guaje still has the same passion for the game that he had when he played the game growing up in Spain.