Just ahead of this weekend’s finals between Toronto FC and Seattle, the MLS has announced David Villa as this year’s Most Valuable Player, beating out Bradley Wright-Phillips and Sacha Kljestan. In his second season with NYCFC, the 35-year-old Spaniard netted 23 goals — one off the league lead — to help his club finish second in the Eastern Conference and qualify for the playoffs for the first time in team history.
“I’m very proud to represent NYCFC and to receive this award,” Villa said. “It’s a big day for me because this is one of the things I said I wanted to do when I came here two years ago… This is an important day in my career — this is an important moment for me. This award is for the best player in this amazing league which has many quality players so this is a very happy and proud day for me.”
Before coming over to the States in 2015, Villa was a feared striker for Valencia, Barcelona, and his national team, Spain, where he helped his home country win the 2010 World Cup.