Video: Manchester City loanee Angelino sets up David Villa in New York City FC win

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The 18-year-old full-back came off the bench in Saturday's 3-2 home victory over the San Jose Earthquakes.

Manchester City loanee Angelino showcased his promise for sister club New York City on Saturday night, setting up David Villa’s second-half strike in a 3-2 win over the San Jose Earthquakes at Yankee Stadium.

The 18-year-old Spanish full-back, who joined the MLS expansion side in July for the rest of the 2015 season, had to settle for a place on the bench to begin the match but soon made his impact felt after replacing R.J. Allen in the 57th-minute.

With the hosts already 2-0 up after Ned Grabavoy’s second-half brace, the highly-rated defender helped give them a three-goal lead in the 65th-minute when he raced down the left flank before delivering a cross for compatriot Villa to head home.

It was not all smooth sailing for the teenager, however, as he would show his inexperience just 10 minutes later by conceding a penalty with a foul on San Jose striker Quincy Amarikwa, who had pulled a goal back for the visitors four minutes earlier.

Chris Wondolowski promptly dispatched the spot-kick to set up a nervy finish but NYCFC would hold on in the end for their second consecutive win – a result which helps keeps their faint play-off hopes alive with four regular-season games left.

Whether Angelino will be back in head coach Jason Kreis’ starting line-up over the coming weeks remains but he has made a definite impact across the Atlantic since his summer arrival.

Joining fellow City loanee Shay Facey at Yankee Stadium, the promising youngster has so far made nine starts in 12 MLS appearances for the Eastern Conference outfit, while offering them a much-needed spark on the left hand side of the pitch with his pace, dribbling and crossing skills.

Coach Kreis is even hoping that he and his fellow defender will be back at the club for 2016, telling this week: “I would like them to stay. There’s no doubt that from our point of view, from New York City’s point of view, we would like them to stay, no doubt.

“I think they’re both fantastic people and they’re obviously both very, very talented players with a very high level of potential. At the end of the day, when I took this job, one of my goals is to be a part of the development of some special players.”

City may well want Angelino, who is considered one of their most promising players, to be loaned out to be a more competitive league for the second half of the 2015-16 campaign but, for the moment, it seems like his MLS spell is doing a great deal of good for his development.

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