For a player who has done things in spectacular fashion all season, the way Sebastian Giovinco likely clinched the MLS golden boot is a little bit underwhelming.
Yesterday's match between Toronto FC and the Columbus Crew was billed as a matchup between the league's top two scorers: Kei Kamara and Giovinco. The match did end up being the deciding factor between the two in the Golden Boot race, but not because either played particularly well.
In the end it was a 63rd minute yellow card to Kei Kamara that all but clinched the golden boot for Giovinco. Due to yellow card accumulation, this means Kamara will not play in the next match and can't pass the atomic ant in the golden boot standings.
Visibly frustrated after the match despite a playoff clinching victory for the Crew, Kamara took to twitter to voice his displeasure with the referee.
That referee is the Best in the world. Yes in the whole world. Thank you. .— KEI KAMARA (@keikamara) October 17, 2015
Both Giovinco and Kamara have scored 22 goals this season, but because the Toronto FC striker has 15 assists he has the tiebreaker, and therefore is more than likely to win the Golden Boot.
Greg Berhalter, the Columbus Crew coach, was also none too pleased after the match pointing to the fact that all of Kamara's goals this season have come from open play. Three of Giovinco's goals have come from penalties, and he has had four penalty attempts.
There is an unlikely scenario that Giovinco could lose the Golden Boot, and why he hasn't been awarded the award just yet. A 6 goal performance in their final regular season match from Cyle Larin, David Villa or Robbie Keane coupled with Giovinco being held scoreless against Montreal would hand them the Golden Boot. All of those players currently have 17 goals.
The golden boot would likely be the first of plenty of silverware that Giovinco will be adding to his trophy case. He is all but guaranteed to win the league's newcomer of the year award and the league MVP award shouldn't be far behind.