David Villa celebrates his golazo with his NYC FC teammates. (James Lang/USA TODAY Sports)
CHESTER, Pa. — David Villa said it best in three words: “It was perfect.”
Indeed, it was.
After all, how would you describe his remarkable, amazing, incredible 53.5-yard chip shot goal in the waning seconds of New York City FC’s 2-0 triumph over the Philadelphia Union at Talen Energy Stadium.
It is a goal by the 2010 World Cup champion that certainly will make every sports report highlight in the world.
For American soccer fans, it might have brought back memories of Carli Lloyd’s fabulous chip shot in the United States’ 5-2 victory over Japan in the 2015 Women’s World Cup championship game in Vancouver.
In the 90th minute of the Major League Soccer match, the City captain found himself a few steps into the Philly side of the field with defender Jack Elliott adjacent to him.
Noticing Andre Blake well off his line, Villa decided to chip who many feel is the league’s best goalkeeper. He lofted the shot that traveled just over the fingertips of the 6-4 Blake for his third goal of the season and to seal City’s first win of the season.
It is the longest goal ever scored in Major League Soccer since date has been kept by ESPN.
“It was difficult,” Villa said. “I tried. I was a little bit tired from running so I tried to score a goal. So, it was perfect.”
The win propelled NYC FC into first place in the Eastern Conference after dropping a 2-1 road decision at D.C. United last Saturday.
“It was a great game for us,” the 2016 MLS MVP said.
Seven minutes into the second half, Jack Harrison lifted the visitors into the lead.
“I think we controlled the game,” Villa said. “We created chances in the first half. We deserved it to be in this moment with the goal of Jack. We played more comfortable.
“We played so well from the back with patience. … We controlled well the strikers of Philadelphia.”
Well enough to record its first road victory of the season, after the side won a league-best seven away games last year.
“It’s really important,” Villa said. “We need to be strong in our Yankee Stadium to be good. But of course, taking points away is always important more than ever against a rival like a rival like Philadelphia in our conference.”