Sebastian Giovinco continues to rewrite the Toronto FC history book. On Thursday, he became just the first player in club history to pick up the Player of the Month award as he was named the top player in MLS for the month of July. While TFC may not have had an overly impressive record in July (1-1-2) the Atomic Ant was nearly unstoppable picking up five goals and three assists in just four games.
The Etihad Airways Player of the Month award is a fan vote among the five finalists selected by MLSsoccer.com so the fact that Giovinco picked up over 35% of the vote shows just how much attention he is starting to garner around the league as a whole. TFC fans have long been aware of just how special of a player he is but now it seems that fans in just about every market are starting to catch on.
Giovinco finished ahead of David Villa, Ethan Finlay, Robbie Keane, and Matt Hedges in the voting for July to become the first Eastern Conference player to win the award this year as the first four months of the season have been won by a pair of Vancouver Whitecaps players and a pair of Sporting Kansas City players.
Having picked up the award Giovinco is already well on his way to making a strong case to be named player of the month for August as well. His hat trick against Orlando City pushed his goal tally for the season to a league leading 16 which is made all the more impressive when combined with the 10 assists that he has tallied thus far.
The 16 goals for Giovinco is already a single season club record and he still has plenty of time to add to that total before the year wraps up. In fact, given his current form it is not a stretch to suggest that Giovinco could find himself sitting in second place on the club's all time scoring list come the end of the season. His goal and assist in the Voyageurs Cup bring his total up to 17 goals which is already good enough for 5th place on the all time list. To move in to second place he would need to score just five more goals this season to surpass the 21 goals of Chad Barrett and Ryan Johnson.
No matter how you look at it this has been a special season for Giovinco and by the time it is done he is going to have his name all over the TFC record book. He might even find a way to set a few new MLS bench marks as well if he can keep this form up.
Given that Giovinco is leading the league in goals and just two assists off the league lead it may be time to seriously start campaigning for the Italian to be named MVP when this season is over.