Giovinco: Still Worst Signing in Toronto FC History?How can goal scoring, record breaking, jersey selling Giovinco remains the worst signing in TFC history? Because of all of the above.
by Sonja Missio | Monday, January 11, 2016
DISCLAIMER: When Toronto FC is referred to as “the club,” this is in reference to management, not the players on the field or bench.
About a year ago I told anyone who would listen that Sebastian Giovinco was a terrible signing for Toronto FC. In fact, I believed the term I used was “the worst.”
Needless to say, I was reprobated and ridiculed for my reasoning, laughed at and lambasted for my logic, and shamed and scolded for my supposition. With such an outpour of oppression (and aggression) following the original article, I did what any good journalist in my situation would do: I took a year off from writing about Toronto FC to reconsider things (and because I was busy doing other stuff too).
Now, a few weeks shy of the original posting, I found myself thinking about that preposterous publication I wrote and I re-examined my opinion.
As it turns out, my opinion remains the same.
Yup, after a year and a full MLS season, I am still sticking by my guns: Sebastian Giovinco is the worst signing in Toronto FC history.
My deepest apologises if you thought this was going to be correction article; it’s not. Rather, it is a reaffirmation article of my original hypothesis.
Now, before you gather up your pitchforks and flames (or just jump straight to the comments section – jokes on you, I don’t read them anyway), hear me out: this is not an attack on Giovinco.
In fact, it’s just the opposite, Giovinco has obviously proven himself a worthy player both on and off the pitch. Rather, Sebastian Giovinco is the worst signing in Toronto FC history because he reinforces the polar opposition of integrity of the club; they are not at the same caliber of talent. Giovinco shines as a beacon of everything we could have and yet, the club reflects all that we are.
In his first year with TFC, Giovinco shattered records and scored goals, doing exactly what he came to do. And he earned some serious credentials for his efforts, including: MLS Newcomer of the Year, MLS Most Value Player, MLS Golden Boot Winner and Top Assist Provider (as well as having an overall record of 38 points with goals and assists combined), back-to-back Player of the Month recognition for July and August), and various Player/Goal of the Week acknowledgements. Additionally, he was also voted onto the MLS Best XI and as a player for the All-Star game.
Oh, and he scored the first hattrick in TFC history.
And that’s just at club level, back home in Italy, Seba received equal amounts of attention. He was called back up to the Italian National team and was the catalyst for a Calcio-centric nation to shift focus to a North American soccer league.
Thanks solely to Giovinco, La Gazzetta Dello Sport has over 100 articles dedicated to a “Toronto FC” tag.
And Giovinco won off the pitch as well, capturing the hearts of Torontonians everywhere. He became a household name—not an easy feat when other hometown heroes, the Toronto Blue Jays, were having their own best season in 22 years. And Giovinco seemed to really love the city too. From endless Instagram posts of him flashing his million dollar smile all over Toronto to Italian reports flooding in from back home, all slightly bewildered that Giovinco seems really, really happy.
And Giovinco agrees, affirming his sentiments for the 6ix.
Which brings me to why he is the worst. Because with all his greatest as a player, TFC still suffered an abysmal season. And despite his overall influence on the league, on paper, it would appear than he barely made an impact with the club.
Yes, they technically made playoffs (sort off, I don’t count a wildcard game that they were destroyed in as really making playoffs) and yes, they improved in quality on the pitch, especially with a few standout players other than Giovinco, but other than that, what did the club really do?
Stats and ranking-wise, the club was terrible. Actually, they were worse than terrible: they were mediocre. TFC finished with a 15 – 15 – 4 record in 2015, placing 6th in the Eastern Conference which earned them the last possible playoff spot (which, by the way, was newly created for 2015). Overall, the finished 12th, not even placing in the top half of the MLS standings. And, for a third year in a row, TFC was knocked out of the Canadian Championship.
Not to mention the ongoing questions surrounding head coach Greg Vanney’s aptitude.
Giovinco just proves how lacklustre TFC really is. The Atomic Ant reinforces the shambles that the club is in: if the best player in MLS—along with a bunch of other decent players on the pitch—can’t improve the club’s mediocrity, there must be some serious problems within its root. The club has to be seriously examined and scrutinized, and held accountable for whatever the hell is going on.
Sure, Toronto FC is by no means as bad as they were in previous years, but with all things and improvements considered, this mid-table middling is certainly worse.
And that’s why Giovinco is TFC worst signing ever: he is a constant reinforcement of just how lousy the club is. Even when he wins literally every, single, possible, award there is in the league, Toronto FC manage to bob perfectly at the mediocre level.
Sonja and Seba, despite common misconceptions, are actually decent one-time acquaintances