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Rate the Reds: Giovinco shines despite disallowed goal

Another good showing from the Italian

MLS: Chicago Fire at Toronto FC John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

I’m usually not surprised when Sebastian Giovinco is voted man of the match, but I kind of am this time. The Atomic Ant won the poll from Toronto FC’s 2-2 draw with the Chicago Fire with a narrow margin over Victor Vazquez, after a game in which he assisted a goal by Jonathan Osorio and had one of his own disallowed for offside.

The player I personally would’ve picked as man of the match, Alex Bono, finished third. Bono made six saves, including one on a penalty and another in utter desperation off the goal line.

Giovinco is the one you picked, though. He finished with a team-best six shots, as well as three key passes from his 47 touches. The Italian was thrust into a slightly unfamiliar role in the lineup, as he played as the lone centre-forward in the absence of Jozy Altidore.

This week’s poll was particularly harsh to Tosaint Ricketts, Jason Hernandez, and Greg Vanney. The coach’s lineup was a little bit of an odd one, although I’m not quite sure he can be blamed given the massive amount of injuries plaguing this team. I’ve also seen people faulting his game management and substitutions. as the reason for TFC’s late-game collapse, which may be a little more plausible.

Anyway, here are the rankings in full.

1. Sebastian Giovinco +147
2. Victor Vazquez +144
3. Alex Bono +137
4. Nicolas Hasler +133
5. Gregory van der Wiel +110
6. Jonathan Osorio + 95
7. Auro +84
8. Ager Aketxe +43
9. Michael Bradley +30
10. Ashtone Morgan +22
11. Liam Fraser +6
12. Marky Delgado -4
13. Greg Vanney -38
14. Jason Hernandez -43
15. Tosaint Ricketts -44