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David Villa back with the team ahead of Earthquakes matchup

El Guaje set to make his awaited return against San Jose

MLS: Los Angeles Galaxy at New York City FC Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

As much as we have been satisified with the contributions from Ismael Tajouri-Shradi the past few weeks, New York City FC fans will be relieved to hear that David Villa — after missing two straight games due to injury — has rejoined the team on their road trip. This news comes ahead of NYCFC’s East-West clash against the San Jose Earthquakes this Saturday.

Though the aforementioned Tajouri-Shradi has done a fantastic job at carrying the goal-scoring workload in El Capitan’s absence, Villa’s reinsertion into the squad marks the return of a more clinical, bona fide goalscorer, something City will need desperately should they wish to continue leading the pack in both the Eastern Conference and MLS at large. And though ITS has been lights out in the box for the past two weeks, it’s hard to expect him to keep up that torrid pace, especially when deployed in a wide position.

With a glint in our eyes and a warmth in our hearts, we at Hudson River Blue are happy to say, “Welcome back, GuajeGod!”