NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Talk about endearing yourself to the masses.
David Villa did that and more on Sunday, scoring once and setting up the other goal in New York City FC’s 2-0 win over New England in the expansion team’s first game at Yankee Stadium.
As a result, the Spanish superstar was named MLS Player of the Week on Tuesday for Week 2 of the regular season.
Villa, the first player ever signed by NYCFC, scored in the 19th minute off a pretty give and go with Ned Grabavoy, setting off a wild celebration among the majority of the 43,000-plus in attendance at the fabled Bronx stadium.
He helped seal the victory late in the second half with a low left-footed cross that teammate Patrick Mullins slammed into a yawning net.
NYCFC (1-0-1), which next plays Saturday at Colorado, will play a total of 17 games at Yankee Stadium this season.
Villa, 32, rose to prominence on the international stage as an integral part of Spain’s 2008 Euro championship and 2010 World Cup championship. In all, he has scored 59 goals in 97 appearances with the national team.
Prior to joining NYCFC, Villa starred at both FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid of Spain’s top professional league, La Liga.