The comparisons were inevitable.
When word leaked out that Toronto FC was in talks with Yeferson Soteldo, and people found out the Venezuelan attacker stood a mere five-foot-two, they couldn’t help but be reminded of another diminutive Designated Player who previously made his mark with the Reds.
Sebastian Giovinco, at five-foot-four, isn’t much taller than Soteldo. But the Italian was a giant among men during his time in MLS, scoring 73 goals and tallying 57 assists in 125 regular-season and playoff appearances for Toronto between 2015 and 2018. Along the way, “The Atomic Ant” helped TFC win an MLS Cup and he was named league MVP in 2015, firmly establishing himself as one of the all-time greatest players in MLS history.