Major League Soccer has gained a reputation for being a retirement home for over-the-hill European stars, but the 2015 MLS season will likely be remembered for the sensational performance of 28-year-old Sebastian Giovinco.
In a crucial matchup between Toronto FC and New York Red Bulls with major MLS Cup Playoff implications, Toronto were able to a slim lead thanks to a second-half strike from Herculez Gomez. But with concerns that New York would make a last minute surge, Toronto brought in Giovinco from the bench and from there he pulled off an absolute stunner of a goal:
The sizzling goal marked Giovinco’s league-tying 22nd of the season to go along with his league-tying 15 assists – a grand total of 37 goals contributed in a season, and a new MLS record. The records make Sebastian Giovinco almost a lock for MLS MVP.
As crucial as Giovinco has been for putting Toronto on the map, he’s also been part of a sensational team that clinched a spot in the MLS Cup Playoffs for the first time in club history.
Toronto now controls its own destiny and can clinch a berth in the Conference Semi-Finals in the final two weeks of the season. And it’s thanks in no small part to little-known midfielder from Juventus.