David Villa led NYCFC to a perfect 4-0-0 month in June. (Keith Furman/FrontRowSoccer.com Photo)
NEW YORK – New York City FC captain and striker David Villa was voted the Major League Soccer player of the month for June by members of the media.
The Spanish international scored three goals in June, leading NYCFC to a perfect 4-0-0 record to match a club best set lastyear.
Villa is tied for third in the Golden Boot race, finding the net 11 times while ranking second in the league with 17 combined goals and assists. In the midst of a five-game unbeaten streak, City is third in the Eastern Conference (10-5-3, 33 points), one of four clubs in the league to possess a .500 record or better on the road this season.
After putting a season-high five shots on goal in a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union in the first game of June, Villa powered NYCFC to its second consecutive victory with a brace in a 2-1 victory over Seattle Sounders FC at Yankee Stadium June 17. The performance was the 13th multi-goal game for Villa in MLS, the most of any player since he entered the league in 2015.
Following a strong performance in NYCFC’s 2-0 win over Hudson River Derby rival Red Bulls, the team’s first triumph at Red Bull Arena, Villa scored his third goal of the month in a 3-1 home victory over Minnesota United FC June 29. He capped a strong performance for NYCFC, making a run into the box and shaking off a defender before firing a left-footed shot from the right side of the box into the back of net.
NYCFC visits Vancouver Whitecaps FC at BC Place on Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET.
The MLS player of the month is voted upon by a panel of select national media members in a process conducted by the league’s communications department.