In this segment, Giovinco comments on settling in at TFC, how he developed his free kick technique and how he got the nickname “Atomic Ant”.
IFD: HOW DID YOU FIND THE AMBIENCE HERE IN TORONTO AND IN NORTH AMERICA IN GENERAL? HAVE YOU & YOUR FAMILY SETTLED DOWN AFTER A FEW SHORT MONTHS?
SG: There is a lot that is very different but the adjustment has been good and I’m very happy. Michael Bradley is the one who helps me out the most, especially when it comes to the language.
IFD: HOW DO YOU EVALUATE TORONTO FC AND WHAT ARE THE CHARACTERISTICS THAT WILL ALLOW THE TEAM TO SUCCEED?
SG: It’s a young team and this could be one of the small problems we could face, given the lack of experience, to win consistently. On the other hand, we have a lot of players who want to improve and this is an advantage for us. These problems can be overcome through hard work so I’m very confident about the squad.
IFD: YOU RECEIVED A PRESTIGIOUS HONOUR AFTER YOUR FIRST FEW GAMES – YOU WERE SELECTED PLAYER OF THE WEEK. DOES THAT GIVE YOU A SENSE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT?
SG: I was very pleased but it’s only a starting point. I hope to win many more. The objective remains to be the best team we can be and to reach as high in the standings as possible.
IFD: WHEN YOU PREPARE TO STRIKE A FREE KICK, HOW MUCH OF IT IS TECHNIQUE AND HOW MUCH ARE OTHER ELEMENTS A FACTOR – DISTANCE, WALL, FIELD CONDITIONS?
SG: You have to be predisposed to do it. But obviously it requires a lot of practice. I like to specialize in that skill in my training. That’s important. Yes, distance comes into it but technique and practice are most important. I had the good fortune of training with players who were extremely good at that skill and it helps.
IFD: IT’S ONLY YOUR FIRST YEAR IN MLS, BUT WHAT ARE YOUR LONG TERM OBJECTIVES? DO YOU PLAN ON STAYING HERE UNTIL THE END OF YOUR CAREER OR DO YOU SEE A RETURN TO ITALY BEFORE YOUR PLAYING DAYS ARE OVER?
SG: My objective is to stay here. In soccer, you never know. I signed a 5-year contract and my goal is to stay here for five years.
IFD: ATOMIC ANT – WHEN AND HOW DID YOU GET THIS CURIOUS NICKNAME?
SG: In Turin, some Juventus fans gave me the nickname. No, I don’t mind it. It means you’re doing something right (laughs).