MLS Player of the Week—Week 29: Sebastian Giovinco

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I was really starting to worry about Sebastian Giovinco, as Toronto FC’s no. 10 hadn’t put in an MLS Player of the Week-winning performance since Week 23 (Aug. 12 — that’s more than a full month). Furthermore, TFC’s Italian superstar scored just one goal in his last six games played (three assists).

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On Saturday, that all changed, and quickly. Within the first 18 minutes of TFC’s 3-1 victory over the Colorado Rapids, the Atomic Ant had given his previously-struggling side (three-game losing skid) a two-goal lead they would never relinquish.

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The first (below video) capped off a mazy, marathon dribble right through the heart of the Rapids midfield, though Clint Irwin will see the gaffe that allowed the ball over the line in his sleep all week. The second came via the kind of curled, placed finish that still so few players in MLS are capable of applying. Giovinco also added an assist to his league-leading total (14, tied with Benny Feilhaber and Cristian Maidana) in the 38th minute.

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

Week 23: Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto FC

Week 24: Robbie Keane, LA Galaxy

Week 25: Robbie Keane, LA Galaxy

Week 26: Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York Red Bulls

Week 27: Didier Drogba, Montreal Impact

Week 28: Kei Kamara, Columbus Crew SC