MLS Player of the Week — Week 23: Toronto FC’s Sebastian Giovinco

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At this point, what’s left to say of the way Sebastian Giovinco has terrorized Major League Soccer in his first season with Toronto FC? Using outrageous superlatives? It’s been done. Attempting t contextualize his gaudy statistics? He’s truly in a class of his own.

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Last week, the “Atomic Ant” was up to his usual shenanigans — lots of scoring and the occasional assisting of goals. The 28-year-old bagged his second hat trick in less than a month in TFC’s 4-1 victory over Orlando City SC last Wednesday (second and third goals above and below), and assisted on Michael Bradley’s delightful team goal in a 3-1 loss to Sporting Kansas City on Saturday.

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For the season, Giovinco has 16 goals and 11 assists through 22 games played, which are numbers reserved for just two very specific groups: video-game players and Lionel Messi. He’ll go on to win the 2015 MLS MVP award — perhaps unanimously. His three goals and one assist in two games played last week are also good enough to land Giovinco his third MLS Player of the Week award of 2015 (it could be closer to 10, if we really wanted to).

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

Week 14: Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto FC

Week 15: David Villa, New York City FC

Week 16: Matias Perez Garcia, San Jose Earthquakes

Week 17: Darlington Nagbe, Portland Timbers

Week 18: Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto FC

Week 21: Cyle Larin, Orlando City SC