Sebastian Giovinco wins Golden Boot, is first to lead MLS in goals, assists

Monday October 26th, 2015

Sebastian Giovinco did not enjoy the taste of victory on MLS Decision Day, but he managed to claim more MLS history to cap his first regular season in the league. 

The Italian playmaker became the first player in MLS history to lead the league in goals and assists in a single season, with his assist to Jozy Altidore in a 2-1 loss to the Montreal Impact giving him an MLS-best 16 and snapping a tie with Philadelphia Union midfielder Cristian Maidana.

Giovinco claimed MLS's Golden Boot as a result of his assist tally, with both he and Columbus Crew forward Kei Kamara scoring 22 goals. Assists are the tiebreaker, and Giovinco's 16 doubled up Kamara's eight. With Kamara suspended for the final game of the season, Giovinco already had his hands on the Golden Boot entering the finale in Montreal, provided that LA's Robbie Keane did not score four against Sporting Kansas City.

Giovinco made sure he took the assist crown as well with his deft cross from the left, which Altidore headed home to give TFC the lead at the time.

Two Didier Drogba goals in quick succession forced Toronto FC to settle for sixth place in the Eastern Conference and a rematch against the third-seeded Impact at Stade Saputo in a one-game wildcard clash.

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