The stage was set for lightening to strike twice and David Villa delivered.
The rain couldn’t stop the two clubs from going into battle Saturday. As fans gathered in the stands, draped in ponchos and rain coats, NYC FC and the Seattle Sounders FC did their best to overcome the elements. In the end, NYC prevailed with a 2-1 victory.
NYC FC came into the match with a 7-3-5 record, good enough for third place in the Eastern Conference.
What made the match significant, however, was the captain David Villa being one goal shy of 50 for his MLS career. This was made clear by the increase in crowd volume each time the forward gained possession of the ball.
Unfortunately, it was Seattle that broke the scoreless tie at the 40′ mark. Midfielder Christian Roldan broke free from defenders to deliver the go-ahead strike.
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) June 17, 2017
Halftime came and went while the rain continued to make it difficult for NYC to equalize.
That was until Seattle’s Chad Marshall drew a yellow card at the 52′ mark, giving NYC a penalty kick. David Villa converted the kick for his 50th MLS goal in front of 25,073 fans. The stadium erupted, rightfully so.
Little did everyone know, Villa wasn’t quite done. After all, there was still a game to be won.
— New York City FC (@NYCFC) June 17, 2017
Villa took a pass from teammate Jack Harrison at the 77′ mark to score his 51st goal and put NYC ahead for good. The comeback was complete and Villa had given home crowd more than they could have asked for. “El Capitan” had delivered in a way in which only he could.
I was able to catch Villa after the game when he addressed the media about his remarkable game.
New York City FC will return to action on Saturday, June 24, as they travel to New Jersey and face the New York Red Bulls. The match begins at 1:30 PM (ET).