Black & Red United can confirm that D.C. United have re-signed forward Patrick Mullins to a multi-year contract extension. Mullins made $126K in guaranteed compensation last year, and looks poised for a well-deserved raise. As per MLS policy, exact terms were not disclosed.
United's attack was revitalized after Mullins came to town
Back on July 20th, D.C. United was not in a good place. The Black-and-Red was 5W-7D-7L, the definition of mediocrity. They had been held to one or zero goals on in 15 of their 19 games, and three of the times they did manage to get a second goal came against Vancouver and New England (teams that missed the playoffs).
First half goals from Mullins, Boswell, and Vincent guarantee United's playoff spot
D.C. United came into the penultimate game of the MLS season just needing one win to secure their 2016 goal of making the playoffs. In front of the biggest home crowd of the season, the Black-and-Red took care of that business against New York City FC, scoring thrice in the first half to secure a 3-1 win.
In a battle between New York City FC's high-octane offense and Toronto FC's smothering defense, one team's strength was going to nullify the other's, and it turned out to be the latter that prevailed in convincing fashion.
Already down, 2-0, to Toronto FC after the first leg of their Eastern Conference semifinal, New York City FC can breathe a sigh of relief after avoiding further bad news.
According to Sports Illustrated, star forward and captain David Villa will reportedly not face a suspension from the MLS Disciplinary Committee for his kick to the back of Toronto FC midfielder Armando Cooper.
It's the last game of the regular season. If things go well, it won't be the last game of the year.
It's the last match of the regular season, and the Philadelphia Union host the New York Red Bulls. While that would normally light a fire in the bellies of the players and fans, this time it seems like more of an afterthought.
The 2016 MLS season was very kind to New York City FC forward David Villa.
The Spaniard finished the campaign with 23 goals and four assists in 33 appearances as he helped NYCFC qualify for the postseason for the first time. Those accomplishments have led to Villa being named the SBI MLS Most Valuable Player of 2016.
Jordan Morris, Nicolas Lodeiro and Chad Marshall are the only Seattle players short listed.
No Seattle Sounders are nominated for the prestigious awards of MVP, Defender of the Year or Keeper of the Year. Instead, the team itself and Chad Marshall are each short-listed for the "Fair Play Award", with just half a season Nicolas Lodeiro still earned a nod as potential Newcomer of the Year, and Jordan Morris joins Keegan Rosenberry as the Rookie of the Year favorites.
Several of MLS' stars shined over the weekend, but it was an up-and-coming forward that sealed SBI MLS Player of the Week honors. Mauro Manotas bagged a hat-trick for the Houston Dynamo on Saturday, leading the way in a 3-1 win over the Portland Timbers.
NEW YORK While the star striker based just west of the Hudson River hasmade serious noise in the race for the MLS MVP award in recent weeks, it was the one based to the east that bolstered his chances of winning that piece of hardware on Friday.
All while helping his club move to within an inch of a playoff spot.
Over the club's first season-and-a-half, David Villa has been a focal point of the NYCFC attack. However,Saturday will provide a different look at what the Eastern Conference side can do without its biggest star.
Currently the league leader in goals scored (13), Villa is undoubtedly a frontrunner for this season's MVP award, while guiding NYCFC to the top of the East.
Throughout the franchise's short history, New York City FC's successes have been tied to the play of David Villa. Currently sitting in first place, the second-year club is surging, with the Spanish star leading the charge in a major way.
As league play heats up as August nears, NYCFC finds themselves top of the Eastern Conference.
With so many teams playing twice this round, big numbers were bound to come. Willy Nilly put up 133 points to lead the league. Ignacio Piatti (MTL, $11.7) captained the team and scored 28 points on a goal and an assist. Osvaldo Alonso (SEA, $9.5) trailed with 17 points on a goal of his own, and David Villa (NYC, $12.
From Bill Hamid to Collin Martin, we look at the home team's ratings in the game
EA Sports releases FIFA 17 on Tuesday, September 27th, and the FIFA Ultimate Team player database is now available, showing ratings for every player in the game. It should come as no surprise that players like Sebastian Giovinco, David Villa, and Andrea Pirlo are the highest rated MLS players, but how do DCU's players rate?
Roland Alberg had an explosive middle of the season, but is there room for him on the roster next year?
Quick, name the top players in MLS in terms of goals scored per minute played. If you thought of Sebastian Giovinco, Bradley Wright-Phillips, David Villa, Frank Lampard, Ola Kamara and players like that, you were right.
The Houston Dynamo take on 2nd place in the West the Colorado Rapids. Who's in your starting XI?
The Houston Dynamo failed to extend their winning streak after last week's 2-0 home loss to Eastern Conference powerhouse New York City FC thanks to a brace by David Villa. The offense that looked so good the week prior in large part to a hat-trick by Mauro Manotas struggled to get any shots on target despite 11 total shots.
This round saw Rolfin' on the River put up 87 points to lead the league. Mauro Diaz (DAL, $11.6) wore the armband and scored 24 points on a goal and an assist. David Villa (NYC, $12.5) scored 12 points on a goal and an assist, and Patrick Nyarko (DCU, $7.