For once, Toronto FC players might win league wide awards, and by players we mean Sebastian Giovinco. However, Waking the Red has still put together our annual end of the season awards.
Apparently, it was pretty easy to pick who won this year as most of the year awards are unanimous.
Michael Veenstra: SebastIan Giovinco Its hard to come up with enough superlatives for Giovinco's season. TFC record goalscoring. MLS record offensive output. Pretty goals, pretty skills. The Italian has been as advertised this year.
James Grossi: Sebastian Giovinco There are no words left to describe the season that Giovinco put together in TFC red this season. From Day One, he has been a joy, both to watch and to cover. Few times in Toronto's short history has there been must-see action. Dwayne De Rosario was on occasion; Amado Guevara free-kicks were an early contender, while the integration of local talent - Doneil Henry, Ashtone Morgan, Jonathan Osorio - and their development has been another. But in 33 matches, Giovinco has become the face of the new Toronto FC.
Dave Rowaan: Sebastian Giovinco He cost a lot of money but was worth every penny of it in year one. Just imagine if he improves next year having had time to settle in and a proper offseason...
Mitchell Tierney: Sebastian Giovinco Obvious. He was the best player in the league and was head and shoulders above everyone else in the league. Hopefully we will get more help next year.
Sven87: Sebastian Giovinco
Offensive Player of the Year:
Michael Veenstra: Sebastian Giovinco Giovinco was the key for TFC. When he was good, he was unstoppable.
James Grossi: Sebastain Giovinco. Seba enough said.
Dave Rowaan: Sebastian Giovinco Jozy had a few good games others had a few good moments while Gio had a good season. Not even close to being a contest here
Mitchell Tierney: Sebastian Giovinco He got as high as second in club goalscoring history in just one season. That should lock up this award for him.
Sven87: Sebastian Giovinco
Defensive Player of the Year:
Michael Veenstra: Justin Morrow Justin Morrow put in a lot of minutes in a few different positions for the Reds. He had his moments of insanity, as any TFC defender is likely to do, but he was a consistent piece in an otherwise poor defence.
James Grossi: Justin Morrow It was a year that saw the back-half of the team cover themselves in little glory, conceding a league-worst 58 goals throughout. But amongst that rabble, Morrow stood out as a pillar of stability amongst the storm. Whether on the left or the right side, Morrow was not only the most consistent performer, but often the best of the lot. 'Keeping one's head when all about you are losing theirs' is a measure of the man and his activity in the community is a cherry on top from one of the best defenders to ever suit up for TFC.
Dave Rowaan: Justin Morrow Another year of crappy defending but Morrow was solid in whatever role he was asked to fill.
Mitchell Tierney: Justin Morrow The only back-to-back Waking the Red award winner, last year's player of the year was just as strong this season. He was the club's best left back and right back and one of their best centrebacks as well. Wherever they played him they put in a good shift for them.
Sven87: Justin Morrow
Young Player of the Year:
Michael Veenstra: Marky Delgado Marky Delgado was the unexpected gem to come out of the Chivas USA system. We knew going in that he could be a good spot-duty piece. I don't think anyone expected 20 games played, 3 goals and 3 assists from the young American.
James Grossi: Jonathan Osorio With just one goal this season (perhaps it should have been two), it would be easy to say that Osorio's production has diminished - having scored five and three in his previous two seasons. But that overlooks the vital role he played in a Toronto midfield that was set-up to feed Giovinco. His seven assists was a new high for the 23-year old, but lost in that simple number is how integral he was to Toronto's attacking play. His comfort on the ball, despite being shuttled out wide, which limits options, has been the second best thing to watch in Toronto this season, while the maturity he has shown, both as a leader and as a player, bodes well for the future; for TFC and for Canada (ridiculously, eventually).
Dave Rowaan: Eriq Zavaleta was knocked by many when he came in as just being here since he was related to Vanney but his performances this season when called upon were a very pleasant surprise.
Mitchell Tierney: Marky Delgado Still don't understand how so many teams passed up on him, they are probably all now regretting it. For once this Toronto team was not particularly easy to crack, but Greg Vanney was forced to continue playing Delgado game in and game out.
Sven87: Marky Delgado
Moment of the Year:
Michael Veenstra: This year had a few more moments to celebrate, but nothing stood out to me more than the 5 destruction of newcomers Orlando City was a favourite. It was a dominant performance by the whole team - not a Giovinco romp through sad MLS defences - but a true team win.
Sven87: TFC's unexpected home victory over the Red Bulls to clinch the playoffs Beating the best team in the East with three designated players playing a combined 19 minutes is no easy feat.Because everyone will choose that moment, I'll also pick a second: TFC's season opening win against the Whitecaps.
James Grossi:Giovinco's goal versus the New York Red Bulls too often for this club, the 'moment' that sears into the brain has been a negative one. Will Hesmer scoring for Columbus, the collapse in New York where Julian de Guzman's afro shrunk in the freezing rain, or that celebration (everyone knows which one), but for once, there was a moment of sheer class and perfection that will define this season. Of course, it all ended poorly, that slip in Montreal - in many ways, more indicative of the old TFC, but progress is made in small steps, not grand pronouncements. There was plenty of progress this season and that should be recognized, if not necessarily celebrated. Honourable mentions for the Jozy Altidore game-tying penalty kick versus Columbus, the 5-0 thumping of Orlando City, and the playoff-clinching 2-1 win over the Red Bulls. All three additional moments were signs of that aforementioned progress. Come-from-behind points have been a rare bird over these nine seasons, as too have been proper dominant outings; the professionalism and surety in that New York match was, hopefully, a portent of things to come.
Mitchell Tierney: Pretty obvious what the moment was, in my opinion the best in Toronto FC history. When Sebastian Giovinco scored his goal to clinch Toronto FC's first ever playoff spot. It wasn't just the goal, it was the quality of the goal and all the circumstances around it.
Dave Rowaan: The Giovinco free kick.