David Villa wins MLS MVP
NEW YORK (AP):
David Villa earned Major League Soccer's (MLS) Most Valuable Player award after scoring 23 goals for New York City in his second season with the team.
Villa received the award, named after Landon Donovan, from MLS Commissioner Don Garber on Tuesday.
Villa got an average of 25.9 per cent of the vote in balloting by players, club officials and media.
The New York Red Bulls' Bradley Wright-Phillips was second at 19.3 per cent, followed by Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan (17.6), Toronto forward Sebastian Giovinco (16.3) and Montreal midfielder Ignacio Piatti (7.7).
A World Cup champion with Spain in 2010, Villa finished second in MLS scoring this year, one behind Wright-Phillips.
Villa, who turned 35 on Saturday, is Spain's career-scoring leader with 59 goals.
He scored 22 regular-season MLS goals from inside the penalty area this year, including five penalties.
He led the league with 68 shots on target.