Why David Villa for Week 15 MLS Player of the Week? It’s simply, really: because Sebastian Giovinco and Toronto FC didn’t have a game this week, so it would be essentially impossible to pick him.
That is, of course, said in jest (kind of), considering how good the little Italian has been thus far in his Major League Soccer career. Speaking of looking really good early on during his time in MLS, New York City FC’s Villa has been a star of stars in 2015, when healthy.
On Saturday night, Villa turned in a performance of the highest quality and helped push a suddenly surging NYCFC side to a second straight victory out of the basement of the MLS standings (they’re 19th, level on points but ahead of the Colorado Rapids based on tiebreakers).
Spain’s all-time leading international goalscorer opened Saturday’s scoring with a simple but classy finish (above video) to complete a dazzling bit of interplay inside the Montreal Impact penalty area. With the Impact showing signs of a comeback late on, Villa then set up Kwadwo Poku’s game-icing goal (below video) with a delicate ball played into the box for the young Ghanaian to slot home.
MLS Players of the Week
Week 1: Tyler Deric, Houston Dynamo
Week 2: Chris Wondolowski, San Jose Earthquakes
Week 3: Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York Red Bulls
Week 4: Kaka, Orlando City SC
Week 5: Harrison Shipp, Chicago Fire
Week 6: Jaime Penedo, LA Galaxy
Week 7: Fabian Castillo, FC Dallas
Week 8: Ethan Finlay, Columbus Crew SC
Week 9: Fabian Castillo, FC Dallas
Week 10: Mauro Diaz, FC Dallas
Week 11: Chad Barrett, Seattle Sounders
Week 12: Kei Kamara, Columbus Crew SC
Week 13: Krisztian Nemeth, Sporting Kansas City
Week 14: Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto FC