Toronto FC’s Giovinco wins MLS’s Golden Boot award
Make more room in the trophy cabinet.
Toronto FC’s Giovinco officially secured Major League Soccer’s Golden Boot award Sunday night, another in a long line of accolades the Italian has already notched in his first season in the league.
His finally tally for the year was 22 goals and 16 assists, a list he added to when he set up Jozy Altidore in Toronto’s 2-1 loss to Montreal.
He is the first player in Reds’ history to earn the honour.
And it’s likely not the last award he’ll add to his count this season — the Atomic Ant is a top contender for both the league’s MVP and Newcomer of the Year awards.
Giovinco all but locked up the league’s leading-scorer title last weekend during his team’s 2-0 loss to the Columbus Crew.
Rival Kei Kamara, who was neck-and-neck with the Reds striker on 22 goals going into that match, was automatically suspended for the last game of the season after receiving a fifth yellow card during his team’s win at BMO Field.
With Giovinco ahead on assists, the tiebreaker for the award, Kamara was out of contention.
The only vague threat remaining on the last weekend of the regular season was Los Angeles Galaxy star Robbie Keane, who needed a fruitful night with four goals to top the Italian.
Keane did manage to get one back on the Atomic Ant, scoring near the end of the first half in the Galaxy’s 2-1 loss to Sporting Kansas City.
But it wasn’t enough to eclipse Giovinco.
Still, it will be a bittersweet occasion for the Italian, who was not available in the locker room after Sunday’s loss.
A period of lapsed concentration cost Toronto home field advantage in the first round of the playoffs, a knockout round.
Giovinco started brightly against Montreal. Early on, he whipped a shot at Impact goalkeeper Evan Bush, attempting to curl it from the top of the box into the bottom right-hand corner. Bush just got his fingertips on the strike to knock it wide.
A few minutes later, midfielder Robbie Findley played Giovinco into the box but the striker was offside.
On Toronto’s next attack, Findley again whipped a ball in, this time on the six-yard line, but it was just out of reach for the Italian.
A great bit of skill by the Italian striker made room for himself to set up Altidore just before halftime.
Going into the break, it seemed like momentum was on Giovinco’s side and producing another highlight-reel moment wasn’t out of the question. But he faded in the second half.
With his squad absorbing much of pressure, the opportunities just didn’t come.
It’s not a half that at all reflected Giovinco’s season.
The Italian began his goal-scoring campaign this season against the Chicago Fire in April.
His most productive month in front of the goal came in July, when he tallied five goals in four games. He won the MLS goal of the week award just once, in mid-August for a free kick against Orlando City Soccer Club.
The only Toronto FC player to capture the Golden Boot, Giovinco scored off a penalty kick three times, and seven of his 22 goals were game-winners.
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