Toronto FC: 5 Keys That Will Determine Success in 2016

Oct 25, 2015; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Toronto FC forward Jozy Altidore (17) reacts with teammates including Michael Bradley (4) and Sebastian Giovinco (10) after scoring a goal against the Montreal Impact during the first half at Stade Saputo. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 25, 2015; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Toronto FC forward Jozy Altidore (17) reacts with teammates including Michael Bradley (4) and Sebastian Giovinco (10) after scoring a goal against the Montreal Impact during the first half at Stade Saputo. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports /
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Dec 2, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Toronto FC midfielder Sebastian Giovinco holds the Landon Donovan MVP trophy after being named 2015 most valuable player by Major League Soccer during a presentation at Air Canada Centre. Looking on at right is Toronto FC general manager Tim Bezbatchenko. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports /

3) Sebastian Giovinco

Where do you start with what Sebastian Giovinco means to Toronto FC? Pure and simple, his decision to come to Southern Ontario turned around the fortunes of the franchise.

Almost single-handedly, the Italian took TFC to the playoffs for the first time in their history. He did it all in 2015, including winning the MLS MVP award and the Golden Boot.

On top of this, Giovinco broke the league record for most combined goals and assists in a season. The question is, what does he now do for an encore?

In theory, the 29-year old won’t have to carry the load again, with an improved team around him. However, fans will be happy to hear his goals for this season include winning a second MVP award, along with TFC’s first ever MLS Cup.

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