Once again, this week's Major League Soccer honor roll arrived with a touch of #PuraVida.
For the second time this season, NYCFC left fullback Ronald Matarrita won a spot on the MLS Team of the Week thanks to yet another assertive performance. The 21-year-old Costa Rica international combined tenacious defending with keen runs on and off the ball, plus an added tweak we'd be happy to see more of this year. Just watch this:
What a peach.
Here's my threefold theory on how this occurred:
- RJ Allen is, by far, New York City's most frequent early crosser
- Allen made his first start of the year Sunday
- Mata wants to be better than everybody at everything