MLS Player of the Week — Week 14: Toronto FC’s Sebastian Giovinco

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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.

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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.

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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