Villa scored his first MLS hat trick to lead New York City FC to an important 3-2 victory in the Hudson River Derby against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday at Yankee Stadium. The former World Cup winner now sits atop the Golden Boot standings with 17 goals to go along with his seven assists this season. With a league-leading 24 combined goals and assists, Villa has led New York to third place in the Eastern Conference standings (40 points, 12-7-4 overall record).
Following two Red Bull goals, Villa dazzled to find the equalizer in the 72nd minute. After picking up the ball at midfield, Villa dribbled through a crowd of defenders in the box and blasted a rocket near post past goalkeeper Luis Robles (Watch Goal). With the game all even at 2-2, Villa drew a penalty minutes later, finishing with a right-footed strike from the spot to give NYCFC a 3-2 lead in the 75th minute (Watch Goal).
New York City FC returns to action on Saturday, August 12 when traveling to take on the LA Galaxy at StubHub Center (11 p.m. ET, ESPN2/ESPN Deportes).