It came as no surprise when New York City FC star David Villa was awarded the Best MLS Player honour by ESPY.

The ESPN network had an annual ceremony where the former Barcelona man was named the winner of the award ahead of his rivals.

FC Dallas star Matt Hedges, Philadelphia Union keeper Andre Blake, Seattle Sounders shot stopper Stefan Frei, and New York Red Bulls striker Bradley Wright-Phillips were Villa’s rivals but he defeated them all to the award.

The Spanish striker has proven that it was no fluke when he won the MLS MVP honours award after scoring 23 goals in 2016. So far he has scored 12 goals in just 18 games in the current campaign. He largely helped NYC FC reach their first playoff last term.

On the same night, Christian Pusilic lost the Best Breakout Athlete award. The United States Men National Team youngster was a top contender, following his recent display. DC United star Ian Harkes also lost the chance to win the Best Male College Athlete award. He was with Wake Forest last season in the NCAA but ended up with just being nominated for the award.

Elsewhere, CristianRoldan says he is very proud to have had his debut with the United State team. The midfielder featured in the 3-2 victory over Martinique in the Gold Cup.

Roldan could feature for El Salvador and Guatemala but he opted to feature for the American side. The coach Bruce Arena praised the Seattle Sounders player for his effort.

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