David Villa of NYCFC is (still) living up to the hype


Published 6:54 p.m. ET June 23, 2017 | Updated 3 hours ago


American soccer player Haji Wright hopes to make an impact for FC Schalke 04 of the German Bundesliga next season.

David Villa is one of those rare players where the hype has matched the performance.

Showered with attention and heralded as a game-changer upon joining NYCFC more than two seasons ago, the Spanish World Cup winner vowed that he’d get the team on the right track and serve as a worthy ambassador for Major League Soccer.

His play since then has proven his dedication to those goals.

“I think the league that I joined two and a half years ago is growing a lot, and I’m so happy to be a part of that,” he said. “But we still need to work hard in the future.”

Spain’s all-time leading scorer is Major League Soccer’s reigning Most Valuable Player after scoring 23 goals last season, narrowly edged by one goal for the Golden Boot award by Red Bulls striker Bradley Wright-Phillips.

In NYCFC’s first two seasons, Villa scored 41 goals in just 63 games….

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