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David Villa surpasses 20-goal mark, NYCFC beats Houston 2-0

HOUSTON (AP) David Villa scored his 20th and 21st goals of the season and New York City FC beat the Houston Dynamo 2-0 on Friday to take the Eastern Conference lead.

Jack Harrison played a corner short to Andrea Pirlo in the 52nd minute. Villa received Pirlo's cross near the goal line and placed a narrow-angle finish through the legs of Houston goalkeeper Joe Willis to open the scoring.

Villa nearly added a second in the 58th minute with a bending shot off the post. He completed the task in the 91st with a rising blast from the top of the box that moved him ahead of Bradley Wright-Phillips of New York in the MLS Golden Boot race.