With the conclusion of the final 2013 regular season MLS game on Sunday, the league announced that Vancouver Whitecaps FC forward Camilo da Silva Sanvezzo, 25, won the 2013 Golden Boot for scoring 22 goals this season, the most in MLS.
Camilo led MLS with 123 shots and also led the league with 55 shots on goal.
“It's very important for me, no one knows how important it is for me, for my family,” Camilo told reporters after the game, after securing the MLS Golden Boot awarded to the top goalscorer in MLS. “When I start the season, no one believes. Just me and my family and I believe in God, and I worked hard for that.”
The Brazilian punctuated his dominance when he scored a hat trick Sunday night against the Colorado Rapids in Vancouver’s final game of the season.
Camilo had six multiple-goal games and received a league-leading three Player of the Week honors. With 39 career MLS goals, he is Vancouver’s all-time leader in MLS regular season goals.
Camilo is also a contender for the AT&T Goal of the Year for his scissor-kick against the Portland Timbers on October 6.
A native of Presidente Prudente, Brazil, Camilo joined the Whitecaps on Mar. 17, 2011, after an impressive preseason trial. Prior to his arrival in Vancouver, the striker played in Brazil, Malta, and South Korea.
Top 5 MLS goalscorers in 2013
1. Camilo Sanvezzo 22 (Vancouver Whitecaps)
2. Mike Magee 21 (Chicago Fire
3. Marco Di Vaio 20 (Montreal Impact)
4. Robbie Keane 16 (LA Galaxy)
5. Diego Fagundez 13 (New England Revolution)
MLS Golden Boot winners
2013: 22 goals – Camilo Sanvezzo (Vancouver Whitecaps FC)
2012: 27 goals – Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
2011: 16 goals – Dwayne De Rosario (D.C. United)
2010: 18 goals – Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
2009: 17 goals – Jeff Cunningham (FC Dallas)
2008: 20 goals – Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy)
2007: 20 goals – Luciano Emilio (D.C. United)
2006: 16 goals – Jeff Cunningham (Real Salt Lake)
2005: 17 goals – Taylor Twellman (New England Revolution)
2004: 12 goals – Eddie Johnson (Dallas Burn); Brian Ching (San Jose Earthquakes)
2003: 15 goals – Carlos Ruiz (Los Angeles Galaxy); Taylor Twellman (New England Revolution)
2002: 24 goals – Carlos Ruiz (Los Angeles Galaxy)
2001: 19 goals – Alex Pineda Chacon (Miami Fusion)
2000: 26 goals – Mamadou Diallo (Tampa Bay Mutiny)
1999: 18 goals – Stern John (Columbus Crew); Roy Lassiter (D.C. United); Jason Kreis (Dallas Burn)
1998: 26 goals – Stern John (Columbus Crew)
1997: 16 goals – Jaime Moreno (D.C. United)
1996: 27 goals – Roy Lassiter (Tampa Bay Mutiny)