Though lost in the U.S. Men’s National Team focus last night, New York City FC’s David Villa came away with a trophy at the 2017 ESPY Awards.
The 35-year-old star striker and captain of NYCFC walked away with the award for Best MLS Player at last night’s show, beating out competition from Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Andre Blake, Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei, FC Dallas defender Matt Hedges, and New York Red Bulls striker Bradley Wright-Phillips. Villa is the seventh player to receive the award, following Landon Donovan, David Beckham, Thierry Henry, Tim Cahill, Robbie Keane, and Sebastian Giovinco.
“I’m very happy and proud to receive this award on behalf of all of my teammates and coaches who help me every day to score goals and to win games for NYCFC.” Villa said. “Ever since I came to this club I’ve been living an amazing dream in this incredible city playing for this great club and its passionate fans. Thank you to everyone who voted for me for this prestigious award — it means so much to me.”
On hand to witness Villa’s success was team president Jon Patricof.