The challenge of the New York City was really big. They had to overcome a 2-0 against Toronto F.C. at Yankee Stadium. The excellent regular season made by Patrick Vieira team was not enough in the playoffs and Canadians gave no option to the comeback.
Vieira bet on Lampard and Pirlo to lead the midfield, but one loss of Jack Harrison meant the 0-1 by Giovinco. Former Juventus player made the 0-2 and Altidore scored the third goal before the break.
Jonathan Osorio and again Giovinco took care of closing the scoring in favor of Toronto F.C. This meant the end of the dream for NYCFC, who saw how two bad games condemned their title options.
Villa closed in this way a brilliant season in the MLS. A year has definitely placed him as one of the best players in the championship and a reference to the media level. His 23 goals and leadership on the field have earned him one of the three candidates for MVP of the season.