The biggest secret in Major League Soccer is out: Sebastian Giovinco has been officially named the 2015 MVP of MLS, becoming the first player in Toronto FC’s history to win the newly named Landon Donovan MVP award.
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Giovinco, 28, was the runaway favorite to win the highest individual accolade in MLS, with the Italian international forward ripping up opposition defenses during his first season in the league after joining TFC from Serie A giants Juventus.
Speaking in Toronto after receiving the award on Wednesday, the man known as the “Atomic Ant” was delighted to be named the best player in North America’s top-flight.
“I’m very proud and honored to receive the award for MLS MVP. I am satisfied with my personal season but look forward to finishing on a more positive note next season for our team,” Giovinco said. “I’m very happy and proud to be in Toronto, as everyone can see from my performances on the field. I’m glad to have chosen this city as my new home. I really hope to stay here as long as possible and one day bring a MLS championship to Toronto and our fans.”
This award is the fourth for Giovinco this year after he previously won the MLS Golden Boot, Newcomer of the Year and was also named on the MLS Best XI for 2015.
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He scored 22 goals and added 16 assists to break the MLS record for most goals and assists in a season.
With rumors circling about Giovinco heading back to Europe — Barcelona have consistently being linked with a move for the Italian magician — it seems as though he’s settle in Ontario for now and determined to make sure his goals and assists help bring titles to BMO Field.
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Just take a look the goal below which is still in the running for 2015 MLS Goal of the Season and perfectly depicts why Giovinco was head and shoulders above the rest in MLS.