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MLS MVP Sebastian Giovinco has noticed a difference in MLS compared to the Italian Serie A. 

By Grant Wahl
January 19, 2016

MLS MVP Sebastian Giovinco has noticed a difference in MLS compared to Italy's Serie A.

“The beauty of this league is there are fewer tactics,” he said through a translator on Tuesday. “For supporters, it’s good to go to games because there are lots of goals and nice play … For attackers it’s better because there are more chances to score. For a defender it’s maybe not the best.”

Giovinco was magnificent in 2015, so much so that Toronto said it turned down interest even from Barcelona. Giovinco said he’s O.K. with that.

“I’m very happy to be in Toronto and playing for Toronto FC,” he said. “Of course, it’s also nice to have other teams interested in my performance. Everything is based on my previous season because I broke many records. I’m very happy about it, but I’m very happy in Toronto, and my focus will be to play with my team this season and try to achieve other records and hopefully win the MLS Cup with my team.”

As for his international hopes, playing for Italy at Euro 2016 is “one of my major goals” for the year, Giovinco said. But he’s also excited for the club season and the changes Toronto has made, mostly in defense (where the club has struggled).

“The club made great moves in terms of players, and for sure they will help the team,” he said, adding that it’s not good enough just to make the playoffs in 2016. Winning the MLS Cup title is what matters most for MLS’s biggest-spending team.

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