PRO: Giovinco is an award winning player
In the 2015 MLS season, Giovinco won literally every individual award he possibly could. This includes: MLS Newcomer of the Year Award, MLS MVP Award, MLS Golden Boot, and the MLS Top Assist Provider. He also earned the MLS single-season points record, his goals and assists had a combined total of 38 points. Additionally, he was named as an MLS All-Star and was included in the MLS Best XI, as well as various Team of the Week/Month’s. Needless to say, he’s been doing pretty well in, and for, Toronto.
CON: Giovinco is good, but he’s MLS good
Sure, his trophy case is full, but to be blunt, Major League Soccer is not at the same level of development as most European countries. Sure, the league may have more disposable money and television rights than Serie A, but they are nowhere near the same level in overall competition and competence as a sporting institution. From the quality of refereeing, to scheduling priorities, to outright leadership, it is very hard to compare MLS and Serie A. I mean, Giovinco’s current coach for Toronto FC is a first timer who had no top level professional experience before being hired by TFC! Giovinco may be very good as an individual when he plays in MLS, but will that translate against (mainly) top flight European-league players?