New York Red Bulls forward Juan Pablo Angel was named Major League Soccer's player of the week on Monday.
The Columbian forward scored one goal and set up two others in New York's 4-0 win over the Columbus Crew on Saturday.
The victory moved New York,which sportsa 4-1-2 record and has 14 points on the season, into second place in the Eastern Conference, three points behind the New England Revolution.
Playing in only his second MLS game Saturday, the former Aston Villa striker combined on a give-and-go with teammate Dane Richards, who fed a cross into the middle of the penalty area for John Wolyniec to finish in the 17th minute.
Angel helped set up another goal in the 51st minute with a header that Clint Mathis pounced on to make it 2-0 for New York.
The 31-year-old forward put the game away 10 minutes later when he stole a pass and raced in on Columbus goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum before slotting the ball into the right corner of the net.
Angel joined Aston Villa in 2001 following a 9.5-million pound transfer from Argentina's River Plate. He had four goals in 23 English Premiership games last year and his best season with the English side came in 2003 when he scored 23 goals in 38 games.
In total, Angel scored 62 goals in 205 games for Aston Villa before agreeing to join New York this season.
Angel is the second designated player to sign with the club after Claudio Reyna — each MLS team is allowed sign one high-profile player without it counting against the salary cap.
New York have two such players — Angel and Reyna — because it traded former league MVP Amado Guevara to Chivas USA last November for a "designated player" slot.
Other designated players are Mexican Cuauhtemoc Blanco, who will soon join the Chicago Fire, and English midfielder and current Real Madrid star David Beckham, who will join the Los Angeles Galaxy in July.