Toronto FC midfielder Sebastian Giovinco is without question the best, most talented player currently doing his thing in Major League Soccer. On Saturday, he reminded us of this fact once again — something he had done just the week before, and the week before, and the week before.
If the 2015 MLS season was only 17 weeks long (instead of 34), he’d be the shoo-in favorite to lift the 2015 MLS MVP trophy in a couple weeks. Through Week 14, Giovinco has 7 goals and 6 assists to his name. (Reminder: TFC have played fewer games, 12, than all but one of the league’s 19 other teams.) While he’s currently on pace for a 20-goal, 17-assist season, let’s take a moment to remember that he’s probably still “learning” the league and “figuring it out.” The second half of 2015 could be even better than the first half.
On Saturday, Giovinco willed TFC to their third straight victory, and did so without Michael Bradley (international duty) and Jozy Altidore (second-half sub) in the starting lineup. Goal No. 1 (below video) came at the expense of D.C. United (Supporters’ Shield leaders) right back Sean Franklin. A twist this way, a twist that way…voila, it’s in the side netting. Goal No. 2 (above video) is quickly becoming the Atomic Ant’s hallmark move — a long-range blast placed ever so delicately into the corner of the opposition’s net. Someone tell MLS teams not to give this guy 10 yards of space when entering into the final third.
MLS Players of the Week
Week 1: Tyler Deric, Houston Dynamo
Week 2: Chris Wondolowski, San Jose Earthquakes
Week 3: Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York Red Bulls
Week 4: Kaka, Orlando City SC
Week 5: Harrison Shipp, Chicago Fire
Week 6: Jaime Penedo, LA Galaxy
Week 7: Fabian Castillo, FC Dallas
Week 8: Ethan Finlay, Columbus Crew SC
Week 9: Fabian Castillo, FC Dallas
Week 10: Mauro Diaz, FC Dallas
Week 11: Chad Barrett, Seattle Sounders
Week 12: Kei Kamara, Columbus Crew SC
Week 13: Krisztian Nemeth, Sporting Kansas City