Call it the JackHeel.
Make em say uuuuuuuuuuUUUUUUHHHHHHHHHHH!
As Joe Tolleson gushed, it really was "bulldog work" from the Bolton Brawler, New York City's nineteen-year-old scion. The combination of sheer guile and plain ol' roughneckin' it took to win the ball from Brian Carroll behind the midline, race forward with hounds biting at his shoulder, and serve up an impeccable backheel feed for David Villa amounted to one of the best assist highlights in NYCFC's relatively brief history.
And to the victor go the spoils.
David Villa makes the Team of the Week on his way to making the Team of the Week, so that isn't such a surprise. But what a pleasant sight that is in the midfield-- Battlin' Jack. He created two chances on the day, but he earned this honor simply by the eye test: he was ever in the mix, taking guys on, flashing some moves, and playing off his teammates in a way we haven't seen from any of New York City's right wingers. Expect to see more starts from the #1 overall pick in the 2016 SuperDraft; when he's out there, the team looks brighter.
For Villa, his eleventh goal Saturday padded his lead at the top of the Golden Boot standings. Portland's Fanendo Adi stands right behind with nine, although in about 250 fewer minutes played than the Guaje.
These are just details.
It's easy to suggest that alllllllll the pieces are coming together now for Patrick Vieira's team. Maybe they are. But with the Red Bulls coming back to town on July 3rd, the Boys in Blue won't need to wait long for the perfect opportunity to see how true that idea really is.