<
>
2018 Major League Soccer, Regular Season
  • David Villa (22', 74')
  • Rónald Matarrita (49')
  • Maximiliano Morález (56')

David Villa nets brace as New York City FC thrashes Colorado Rapids

David Villa had two goals for New York City FC in a comprehensive 4-0 win against the struggling Colorado Rapids at Yankee Stadium on Saturday.

The former Barcelona player scored either side of half-time, capitalizing on a bad giveaway by Tim Howard for his first in the 22nd minute.

Villa then started the move for NYCFC's second, playing in Jo Inge Berget, whose shot was blocked by Howard but bounced right to Ronald Matarrita to head home from 10 yards away.

Maxi Moralez made it three for the hosts on 56 minutes, smashing home a first-time shot from just outside the box when the referee had played advantage following a foul on Villa.

And Villa bagged his brace in the 74th minute, curling a perfect shot around Howard after Rodney Wallace picked him out all alone on the left side of the area.

The win helps Patrick Vieira's team keep the pressure on Eastern Conference leaders Atlanta United, trailing the Five Stripes by a point ahead of their match against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday.

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 LAFC 14 +23 31
2 Seattle Sounders FC 13 +8 26
3 Houston Dynamo 11 +8 23
4 LA Galaxy 13 +1 22
5 Minnesota United FC 12 +2 18
6 FC Dallas 13 0 18
7 Real Salt Lake 12 -2 16
8 San Jose Earthquakes 12 -5 14
9 Vancouver Whitecaps 13 -4 13
10 Portland Timbers 11 -8 11
11 Sporting Kansas City 11 0 11
12 Colorado Rapids 12 -13 5

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Philadelphia Union 13 +11 24
2 DC United 14 +5 24
3 Montreal Impact 14 -4 21
4 Atlanta United FC 12 +4 20
5 New York City FC 11 +3 18
6 New York Red Bulls 12 +3 17
7 Toronto FC 12 +2 17
8 Columbus Crew SC 14 -7 16
9 Chicago Fire 13 +3 16
10 Orlando City SC 13 -1 15
11 New England Revolution 14 -17 12
12 FC Cincinnati 13 -12 11