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MLS Snapshot: Toronto FC 2-1 Philadelphia Union (video)

Frank Lampard

Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto FC


The game in 100 words (or less): Don’t look now, but Toronto FC now find themselves all the way up in second place in the Eastern Conference, thanks to a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union at BMO Field on Saturday. If Greg Vanney’s side isn’t careful, they might get a nosebleed in the rarified air of Major League Soccer playoff places. Sebastian Giovinco continues to impress and thoroughly dominate MLS defenses — whether a good or bad thing — as the “Atomic Ant” added another goal and assist to his league-leading combined total (21). You be the judge (below videos) over which one was better. Meanwhile, the Union remain in seventh place in the East, two points behind the New England Revolution for the sixth and final playoff place.

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Three moments that mattered

29' — Giovinco sets up Delgado for the opener — It doesn’t really matter where you give Giovinco 10 yards of space, or 10 inches. No matter how you defend him, he’ll find the necessary space for his shot or pass. Just before the half-hour mark, it was the latter as Giovinco set up Marco Delgado for the game’s opening goal.

32' — Giovinco takes two tries, scores one goal — Three minutes later, it was the former as Giovinco took Jozy Altidore’s flicked-on header, raced into space and fired a blistering shot which was saved by Brian Sylvestre. Unfortunately for Sylvestre, the rebound fell to the feet of Giovinco, and his second effort was untouchable.

39' — Giovinco goes inches from making it 3-0 — It took eight seconds from the time Jozy Altidore picked up the ball outside his own penalty area, drove half the length of the field, slotted Giovinco through and Giovinco’s effort left his foot and rolled just wide.

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Man of the match: Sebastian Giovinco — The 28-year-old had a hand in both TFC goals and continues to be an absolute nightmare for opposing teams. Why don’t more teams hack and foul him the way New York City FC did in their first meeting of the season?


Toronto FC: Bendik, Morgan, Perquis, Zavaleta, Morrow, Cheyrou, Osorio (Lovitz 88'), Delgado, Warner (Jackson 67'), Giovinco, Altidore (Chapman 85')

Goals: Delgado (29'), Giovinco (32')

Philadelphia Union: Sylvestre, Fabinho, Marquez (Casey 71'), White, Gaddis, Carroll, Nogueira, Wenger (Ayuk 38'), Maidana (Pfeffer 61'), Le Toux, Sapong

Goals: Casey (90+1')

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