TORONTO, Ont.—This honour was decided prior to last week’s magic in New York City, but if you wanted a reason to justify Toronto FC designated player Alejandro Pozuelo’s involvement in the 2019 MLS Best XI, look no further.
The Spaniard, who touched down at BMO Field in March in spectacular fashion against the very same New York City FC club, took the Eastern Conference leaders out of the MLS Cup Playoffs on Wednesday the same way he came in: scoring twice against the Boys in Blue, capped off by an audacious 90th-minute Paneka.
In his first season in North America, the Spaniard appeared in 30 regular-season MLS matches, registering a club-leading 12 goals and 12 assists, despite playing at various roles in a rather unstable starting XI.
On top of that, Pozuelo’s workload over the past year has been incredible. Since July 26, 2018, the former Genk midfielder has played in an astounding 76 competitive matches in 454 days. For comparisons sake, Michael Bradley has appeared in 55 matches over that time (h/t to Martyn Bailey for the stats).
While TFC’s No. 10 and his family have settled into Toronto, the Reds — and credit to the TFC crew — made this moment extra special for Poz, sending the Spaniard’s son to deliver the good news. Have a look at the heartfelt moment below.
A special award deserves a special delivery ❤️ pic.twitter.com/gJpHXppGM5— Toronto FC (@TorontoFC) October 28, 2019
Pozuelo becomes the fifth player in Toronto FC team history to be named to the MLS Best XI joining: Dwayne De Rosario (2009, 2010), Sebastian Giovinco (2015, 2016, 2017), Justin Morrow (2017) and Victor Vazquez (2017).
You can find the full MLS Best XI here.