Sebastian Giovinco’s Top 5
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In the long line of Major League Soccer designated players, Sebastian Giovinco is the best of the big money players that have joined the league. Time will tell if Giovinco will remain the greatest of all-time, but in the more than decade since the DP rule was enacted, Giovinco has positioned himself as the best to this point. Not only has he performed on the pitch, but Formica Atomica has raised the expectations for Toronto FC in North America. Thanks to Giovinco, Toronto finally turned their potential into success and long-suffering fans have enjoyed trophy laden seasons.
MLS MVP 2015
Giovinco joined Toronto in the winter of 2015 from Serie A club Juventus and it didn’t take long for the Italian to make his mark on MLS. He won the MLS Player of the Week award three times as he led Toronto to a sixth place Eastern Conference finish. It wasn’t their best season with the Italian in the team, but it was a start. He tallied a league leading 22 goals and helped turn around the Reds’ fortunes. Due to his outstanding play, he was awarded the league’s Most Valuable Player trophy.
MLS Golden Boot and Top Assist Provider 2015
Giovinco’s debut season in MLS saw the little Italian forward claim the MLS Golden Boot and Top Assist Provider Awards. The two-trophy haul showed just how important he was to the club. It also showed Giovinco’s versatility as a goal scorer and creator. MLS defenses had to adapt to play Toronto as Giovinco and the Reds could beat teams in multiple ways. Giovinco tallied 22 goals and 16 assists. How important was he to the Reds? He had a hand in 38 of Toronto’s 58 goals that season.
MLS Cup winner 2017
The 2016 MLS season saw Toronto come so far before ultimately falling in the MLS Cup Final to the Seattle Sounders. The season did show soccer fans what Giovinco could do with a healthy, capable squad around him. One year later, Toronto was back in the cup final and faced off against Seattle once more.
Giovinco was a goal threat throughout the game, but it was Jozy Altidore and Victor Vazquez that scored the team’s goals. Despite not finding the back of the net, Giovinco had accomplished the task he was signed to do; which was to lead Toronto to an MLS Cup victory.
MLS Supporters’ Shield 2017
Toronto’s 2017 season already seems lost to history outside of the city. But it was the greatest season any MLS team has had to this point. Toronto romped to the MLS Supporters’ Shield with 20 wins, five losses, and nine draws. Giovinco scored 16 goals and tallied six assists as Toronto scored a whopping 74 team goals. Toronto recorded an MLS record 69 points during the regular season and became the first Canadian team to win the MLS Cup. They also completed a domestic treble by securing the Canadian Championship and the MLS Cup.
CONCACAF Champions League Golden Ball 2018
Toronto had a nightmare 2018 MLS campaign in which they failed to reach the same heights from the previous season. Toronto’s league play was affected by its CONCACAF Champions League run which culminated just as the 2018 MLS season was starting. Toronto was two penalty makes from winning the final. Despite losing to Chivas de Guadalajara, 4-2 on penalties, Giovinco was awarded with the tournament’s Golden Ball. It signified he had been the Champions League’s best player. He tallied four goals during the tournament, joint best, and led Toronto to within a fingertip of the cup.