David Villa scored his sixth goal of the season for NYCFC Sunday. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

David Villa has scored six goals for New York City FC this season.

Three have been feted as FrontRowSoccer.com’s goal of the week.

His latest honor comes from the goal he tallied in City’s 3-1 home win over Atlanta United Sunday. The Spanish international striker latched onto a Rodney Wallace feed, rushed into the penalty area and powered a 14-yard shot past goalkeeper Alec Kann to give the hosts a 1-0 lead in the 17th minute.

Villa was honored for the week ending Sunday, May 7.

“When he plays the way he played today lifting the team, he is one of our leaders,” NYCFC head coach Patrick Vieira said. “When he plays like he did today, the confidence builds in the team and that’s why it’s important for him to be at this level every single game.

Villa also was honored in Week 2 (March 13) and Week 7 (April 17), the latter when he scored that chip shot from midfield in the waning seconds of the 2-0 victory over the Philadelphia Union.

As it turns out, Villa was part of several NYCFC players who were awared this website’s team goal of the week in Week 5 (April 3), when he, Ronald Matarrita and Alexander Callens combined teamwork with some nifty passing for Tommy McNamara’s score.


Video courtesy of NYCFC Facebook page

FrontRowSoccer.com goal of the week winners

Week 1 (March 6) — Daniel Royer (New York Red Bulls)

Week 2 (March 13) — David Villa (New York City FC)

Week 3 (March 20) — Bradley Wright-Phillips (New York Red Bulls)

Week 4 (March 27) — Vincent Bezecourt (New York Red Bulls II)

Week 5 (April 3) — New York City FC (Tommy McNamara, Ronald Matarrita, David Villa, Alexander Callens)

Week 6 (April 10) — New York Cosmos (Danny Szetela, Ryan Richter)

Week 7 (April 17) — David Villa (New York City FC)

Week 8 (April 24) — Javi Marquez (New York Cosmos)

Week 9 (May 1) — Kemar Lawrence (New York Red Bulls)

Week 10 (May 8) — David Villa (New York City FC)

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Guardian.com. Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of BigAppleSoccer.com. He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at Amazon.com.