What a player @DiegoDv8— David Villa (@Guaje7Villa) March 4, 2017
Valeri clearly appreciated the praise from the Spanish legend, writing on Twitter after the game that Villa's message was "an honor coming from a player that I admire on and off the field."
Es un honor viniendo de un jugador que admiro tanto fuera y dentro de la cancha. Gracias David. https://t.co/MpByZzAtsL— Diego Valeri (@DiegoDv8) March 4, 2017
Villa and NYCFC will open their season on Sunday, when they'll take on Orlando in the inaugural match at Orlando City Stadium (5:00 pm ET; ESPN in the US, MLS LIVE in Canada). Valeri and the Timbers will return to action next Sunday at the LA Galaxy.