Sebastian Giovinco is proving that his move to MLS was a good one. Naysayers were standing tall and talking a big game when the ‘Atomic Ant’ opted to jump the pond from Serie A’s Juventus while still in his playing prime at 28-years-old but the forward is having the last laugh.
Giovinco added the Landon Donovan MLS Most Valuable Player award to his season haul. He also won the Audi Golden Boot, the MLS Newcomer of the Year Award, and was voted to the MLS Best XI team. And he set a new mark for combined goals and assists in a season with 38.
Landon I am honoured to receive the first MVP award with your name on it. I hope to achieve similar success like you did in MLS. I also would like to share all my awards and this special one with my team, the club, the city and all my fans @mls @torontofc @inariasoccer @tiffanyandco @patekaholic @porschecentreoakville @palzileri @landondonovan10 #myfamily #toronto #allcity #mvp #landondonovan #palzileri #palzileri_avantcraft #jack #beautifulday #perfect #friends #allforone #comeonyoureds
Despite claims from critics that the move could hurt his international chances, Giovinco proved them wrong. He earned 4 call-ups over the last year for the Italian national team and provided an assist in the Azzurri’s 2-1 win over Norway in UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying.
The critics have taken notice and it will be interesting to see if the soccer brands do as well. Giovinco dose not have a cleat endorsement and has been playing this season in a homemade blacked out Nike cleats.
The voting was not even close. Giovinco took 258.97 of the weighted vote compared with the Columbus Crew’s Kei Kamara in second with 13.06 and Sporting KC’s Benny Feilhaber in 3rd with 4.95 of the vote.