With impressive performance Jose Villarreal has emerged as the star of the LA Galaxy team this season. He has played along the left midfield this season. However, during the Galaxy defeat to D.C. United, the player showed that his optimum position might be more along the top.
While regular strikers Gyasi Zardes and Robbie Keane were away on international duty, Villarreal performed greatly as a striker working alongside Alan Gordon. The duet meant trouble for the United back line as Villarreal’s swiftness and technical skills worked well with Gordon’s physical attributes.
Even though neither Gordon nor Villarreal managed to score a goal, they were successful in testing United goalkeeper Bill Hamid representing two of the five saves that the keeper had made during the evening.
Villarreal stated was the partnership with Gordon was an easy and natural one and that they both performed well. He also added that he likes to work with bigger players as they are able to hold up the ball and link well. Villarreal also added that his side was unlucky and that the fact that they had conceded a late goal felt frustrating.
While displaying himself as a burly target man, Villarreal also demonstrated that he can be a dangerous striker during matches. When combining his skills with Gordon, he was able to find some space behind defenders.
Even though his side was not successful in winning the match, Villarreal continues to maturate as a player at the forward position. This proves to be an important boost for Galaxy’s 2015 campaign.