Sunday afternoon games in the Bronx are turning into must-see TV.
After a wild 4-4 draw against Toronto FC two weeks ago, New York City FC faced off with Orlando City SC on Sunday and, amazingly, the same amount of goals were scored.
This time NYCFC fans walked away a little bit happier. Despite a hat trick from rookie sensation Cyle Larin, NYCFC walked away with a 5-3 win behind two goals from David Villa and three assists from Kwadwo Poku. Oh and some guy named Andrea Pirlo made his MLS debut.
Read on to find out who else made the Team of the Week for Week 21:
D: Laurent Ciman (Montreal Impact) - After capping yet another defensive masterclass with a clutch game-winning header, the Belgian strolls into this team as elegantly as he makes his occasional forays into midfield.
D: David Horst (Houston Dynamo) - Virtually shut down the Keane and Gerrard show in the Dynamo's win over the Galaxy.
M: Kwadwo Poku (New York City FC) - Three assists and plenty of box-to-box midfield labor on both sides of the ball in a smashing NYCFC win. Is he a No. 6? A No. 8? A No. 10? Looks like “all of the above” right now.
M: Michael Barrios (FC Dallas) – Sent Dallas on their way with two-first half goals, the first on a clinically finished counter. Had Timbers’ defenders spinning in circles all night.
F: David Villa (New York City FC) – Two goals and an assist in NYCFC's 5-3 win over Orlando are the proof on paper. But fans should be just as thrilled by the ferocious intensity he applied to every aspect of his job on Sunday.
F: Cyle Larin (Orlando City SC) - Notched the eighth hat trick by a rookie in MLS history, and with nine goals on the year, he's bearing down on Damani Ralph's rookie scoring record of 11 goals, set in 2003. Three strikes showcasing his diverse toolkit, though the third was the real peach.
Coach: Oscar Pareja (FC Dallas) - Despite the absences of some key players, El Profe has led his team to five consecutive wins behind a young core.
Bench: Troy Perkins (Seattle Sounders), Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake), Kendall Waston (Vancouver Whitecaps), Marco Donadel (Montreal Impact), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Ethan Finlay (Columbus Crew SC), Javier Morales (Real Salt Lake)