David Villa celebrated a day dedicated to his honor in style, scoring a pair of goals and leading NYCFC to an emphatic 4-0 win over the Colorado Rapids on Saturday at Yankee Stadium.
New York City officials declared “David Villa Day” to honor the NYCFC veteran superstar, who recorded his 400th career goal earlier this season.
He opened the scoring early against the Rapids, who lost their fifth straight match. In the 22nd minute, Colorado tried to play out of the back line, but keeper Tim Howard was sloppy with a clearance. Yangel Herrera knocked down Howard’s bad pass and got it to Maximiliano Moralez, who found Villa open in the box. Villa got to his left foot and scored inside the left post, past a sliding Howard to give NYCFC a 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute.
Colorado regrouped and limited NYCFC’s opportunities the rest of the first half. NYCFC had just one more shot on frame the rest of the half and went into intermission with the 1-0 lead.
The floodgates opened quickly in the second half. In the first 11 minutes, Ronald Matarrita scored unassisted, and Moralez finished off an assist from Villa in the 56th minute.
Villa added some icing in the 74th minute. Rodney Wallace and Moralez combined to set up Villa for his second tally of the day. Wallace made a run to the top of the box, dropped it off to his left to Moralez, who one-timed a ball to a wide-open Villa for an easy finish.
NYCFC keeper Sean Johnson turned away three shots on frame from the Rapids to record a clean sheet.
As the game got out of hand in the second half, it also became physical. The teams combined for 34 fouls.
NYCFC heads to Houston to take on the Dynamo on Friday.
The Rapids return home to host the Portland Timbers on May 26.
—Field Level Media