Tuesday December 1st, 2015

Toronto FC forward Sebastian Giovinco has been named the 2015 Major League Soccer Most Valuable Player, the league announced on Wednesday.

Giovinco bested finalists Kei Kamara of the Columbus Crew and Benny Feilhaber of Sporting Kansas City to take home the honors. Giovinco received 87.7% of club votes, 94.37% of media viotes and 77.33% of player votes for a weighted total of 258.97. 

Kamara finished in second with a weighted total of 13.06, while Feilhaber finished in third with 4.95. 

Giovinco won MLS Golden Boot honors as he led the league with 22 goals and 16 assists in 33 games to help Toronto FC clinch its first trip to the playoffs. He scored multiple goals in 12 games this season, and his 38 combined goals and assists set a new MLS record.

Giovinco also won 2015 MLS Newcomer of the Year award over finalists Didier Drogba of the Montreal Impact and Mike Grella of the New York Red Bulls.

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Giovinco, an Italian national team member, arrived in Toronto in January after previously playing for Juventus. He is the first Italian to win the award, which the league named after retired U.S. men's national team and MLS star Landon Donovan.

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Last year's award was won by Donovan's LA Galaxy teammate Robbie Keane.

- Christopher Chavez

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