The adage for the last 3 years has seemed to be, “as Giovinco goes, so goes Toronto,” but as 2017 is showing thus far, that may not be entirely true. Jozy Altidore’s red hot form has carried over from the 2016 playoffs as he continues to prove his naysayers wrong at every turn. The Beast’s 2 goal performance on Friday night against the Dynamo helped the Reds secure three points as well as help force his way into the Golden Boot race, but even more importantly, it’s earned him his first Offensive Player of the Week honour.
Altiscore opened the scoring for TFC in the 16th minute, managing to get on the end of a Raheem Edwards low cross, redirecting the ball off of a Houston defender before finding it’s way into the net. This is the second time these two have managed to link up and create a goal. Jozy then doubled TFC’s lead in the 32nd minute, playing a lovely little give and go with Sebastian Giovinco before smashing the ball into the bottom left corner and beating a helpless Joe Willis from close range.
Florian Jungwirth has earned the distinct honour of being named the Total MLS Defensive Player of the Week for Week 9. Now there’s a name you don’t hear much of outside Quakes circles, much less in conversations surrounding player of the week nominees I’m sure. The 28 year old German defender has played every minute thus far for San Jose and has 2 goals to his name since joining MLS from Darmstadt of the BundesLiga in February; not exactly the stay at home type. Jungwirth put on a clinic against the rising Loons, helping the Quakes post a much needed win and earn a clean sheet in the process with his goal being the difference. In addition to his surprising offensive output, Florian’s 4 aerials won, 4 tackles, 5 interceptions, a defensive block from close range, 7 clearances, and 7 recoveries all culminated in three big points for his club. We certainly won’t be forgetting that name anytime soon.