Report: Sebastian Giovinco linked with MLS return to Columbus Crew


Giovinco was Electric in Toronto, a Designated Player who was part of the 2017 three-time Reds winning team that brought home silver for the MLS Cup, Supporters’ Shield and Canadian Championship. As a 2015 Landon Donovan MLS MVP Award winner, he scored a staggering 62 goals and 58 assists in 114 regular season games.

But Giovinco left Toronto ahead of the 2019 season and joined Al-Hilal FC via a transfer. He won two national titles and an AFC Champions League title with them and used his time in the Middle East.

Should Giovinco switch to Columbus, the defending champion of the MLS Cup would be a first-class attacker. You would also have two of the best free kickers in the MLS of all time, with Lucas Zelaryan also potent over dead ball scenarios.

The only question is how would he fit into the crew roster with Zelarayan, midfielder Darlington Nagbe and further Gyasi Zardes all hold DP tags. But with Caleb Porter’s team handicapping injuries year round, additional high-end talent would be very welcome. And Giovinco still has something in the tank at 34.

The 2021 MLS roster freeze date is September 15th, by which clubs must submit their final 30-man roster. Until then, clubs can still sign players who no longer have a contract, even though the secondary transfer window is closed.