Soccer sources have Columbus Crew going after Sebastian Giovinco for return to MLS

Sebastian Giovinco playing for Toronto FC in 2015. By HighlanderICT from Toronto, Canada 230515_046, CC BY-SA 2.0, https

Sebastian Giovinco has mutually terminated his contract with Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal.

Reports have it that he and Columbus Crew president and general manager  Tim Bezbatchenko, who had him with Toronto FC, wants to bring him in to inject life into the Crew.

Giovinco was electric in Toronto, a Designated Player who was part of the Reds’ treble-winning side in 2017 that brought home MLS Cup, Supporters’ Shield and Canadian Championship silverware. Winner of the Landon Donovan MLS MVP award in 2015, he recorded an astounding 62 goals and 58 assists across 114 regular-season appearances.

But Giovinco departed Toronto ahead of the 2019 campaign, joining Al-Hilal FC via a transfer. He proceeded to win two domestic titles and one AFC Champions League title with them, capitalizing on his time in the Middle East.

Should Giovinco join Columbus, it’d give the defending MLS Cup champions a premier attacker. They’d also have two of MLS’ best-ever free-kick artists, with Lucas Zelarayan also potent over dead-ball scenarios.

The 2021 MLS Roster Freeze Date is September 15, at which time clubs must submit their final 30-man roster. Before then, clubs can still sign players who are out of contract even though the Secondary Transfer Window has closed.


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