Sebastian Giovinco’s headline-grabbing move to Toronto FC this past summer paid dividends for the club, MLS, and the player himself. The 27-year-old Italian has had one of the best seasons of his career and is likely to find himself as the MLS MVP.
In his first season with his Canada-based club, Giovinco led the league in scoring, assists, shots, and shots on goal. His cleat of choice for the year, the Nike Tiempo, paved the way for his hugely successful campaign that saw him break back into the picture for the Italian national team.
As the first player to lead MLS in goals and assists in the same season, Sebastian Giovinco has written his name in the history books for Toronto FC, whom he also helped reach a playoff birth for the first time in their history.
Giovinco’s 22 goals scored leads the MLS this year, though he is tied with Columbus Crew’s Kei Kamara. The tally does beat out the likes of Robbie Keane, David Villa, Bradley Wright-Phillips, and Chris Wondolowski. The Italian international bagged two hat tricks on the season, one against each expansion team – New York City FC and Orlando City SC.
Giovinco also finds himself on the top of the assist list, and this time he isn’t sharing the honor with anyone. His 16 assists on the year put him ahead of Benny Feilhaber, Sacha Kljestan, Javier Morales, and Clint Dempsey.
Giovinco’s cleat of choice during this hugely successful run was a pair of blacked-out Nike Tiempos. Clearly a fan of the craftsmanship and comfort the Tiempo offers, Giovinco’s preferred all-black cleats are so dark you can barely see the Nike Swoosh. Flexible and lightweight, the Tiempo has allowed Giovinco to show his class on the field all season long.
Giovinco’s goals and assists together mean that he also holds the record for most combined goals and assists in a single season (38), breaking Chris Wondolowski’s previous record of 34 (27 goals and 7 assists) in 2012.
Furthering the Atomic Ant’s accolades this season, Giovinco won the MLS goal of the week once this year, player of the week on three occasions, and player of the month for July and August.