Incredible season lands Giovinco top MLS Newcomer honors

On Monday, MLS confirmed the obvious by announcing that Sebastian Giovinco of Toronto FC is the 2015 Newcomer of the Year. Giovinco scored 22 goals to finish the regular season tied Kei Kamara of Columbus for the scoring lead and also wound up on top of the assists ladder with 16. He’s the first player in league history to lead both categories and the first to hit the 20-goal and 10-assist benchmarks in the same season.

The 28-year-old Italian left Juventus last January and almost immediately set the bar for attacking Designated Players incredibly high. He was involved in two or more goals in 12 games, which is another league record, and from distance on free kicks and from the run of play, from in tight, and from ridiculous angles. Two of his goals are among the final eight candidates for Goal of the Year.

The Newcomer of the Year award is determined by votes submitted by coaches and team officials, media members, and current players. Didier Drogba of Montreal finished a distant second and Mike Grella of the Red Bulls placed third.

MLS Newcomer of the Year winners:
2015: Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto FC
2014: Pedro Morales, Vancouver Whitecaps
2013: Diego Valeri, Portland Timbers
2012: Federico Higuain, Columbus Crew SC
2011: Mauro Rosales, Seattle Sounders FC
2010: Alvaro Saborio, Real Salt Lake
2009: Fredy Montero, Seattle Sounders FC
2008: Darren Huckerby, San Jose Earthquakes
2007: Luciano Emilio, D.C. United

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