David Villa scored his first career MLS hat trick and also earned the penalty kick that decided New York City FC's enthralling 3-2 victory over the New York Red Bulls at Yankee Stadium on Sunday evening.
Villa enjoyed by far his best performance in this rivalry fixture, having scored just once in seven previous New York Derby encounters. The Spanish superstar's feat outshined a brace from the Red Bulls' Bradley Wright-Phillips, a regular thorn in City's side, and moved him into first place in the MLS Golden Boot race with 17 goals on the season, one ahead of Chicago's Nemanja Nikolic.
After Villa's 72nd-minute equalizer and 75th-minute penalty, the home side saw off the final minutes to earn a second consecutive victory over the Red Bulls for the first time in club history and remain in third place in the Eastern Conference.
Wright-Phillips scored his ninth and 10th goals against NYCFC and now has 13 on the season, but it wasn't enough to secure a win that would've taken the Red Bulls into third themselves. Coach Jesse Marsch's men also saw a four-match winning streak snapped, while losing Daniel Royer to an early injury and Sal Zizzo to a late red card.
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- 28' - NYC - David Villa Watch
- 41' - NY - Bradley Wright-Phillips Watch
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- 72' - NYC - David Villa Watch
- 75' - NYC - David Villa (PK) Watch
SAVING THE BEST FOR MIDDLE:
If there was one moment that embodied Villa's effort, it was his stunning equalizer from a sequence that began from a seemingly innocent position on the right near midfield. Rather than pass the ball off, Villa ran at the defense, made a belief-defying pullback to evade
, and then hammered a finish between
and the near post.
They Said It
"VAR can’t correct the ability to like see the game clearly and make all the little plays right. It can help with the big plays. But then we need refs who can understand how to ref the rest of the game." -- Red Bulls coach Jesse Marsch on the performance of referee Baldomero Toledo.