David Villa wins 2016 Landon Donovan MLS MVP honors

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After a second consecutive season of brilliance in the Big Apple, New York City FC striker David Villa has been named the 2016 Landon Donovan MLS MVP.

This season, Villa notched an impressive 23 goals and four assists for NYCFC and helped the club advance to the postseason for the first time in the team’s brief history.

“This is one of the big days in my career,” Villa told reporters at Tuesday’s ceremony in New York City. “This trophy means a lot to me. I won this trophy thanks to the community of MLS players choosing me, reporters choosing me and clubs choosing me. And I am thankful for that.

“Two and a half years ago when I came here to play soccer, some people said I was coming here for a golden retirement,” Villa said. “I came here to be strong, competitive and to show everyone I was growing my career and making history.”

Since joining MLS ahead of NYCFC’s inaugural season in 2015, the Spaniard has notched 41 goals in 65 matches, including the playoffs.

Villa beat out New York Red Bulls duo Bradley Wright-Phillips and Sacha Kljestan for this season’s honors.