Giovinco nets two as Toronto over­take DC United for win

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Se­bast ian Giovinco scored a brace to com­plete Toronto FC’s 2-1 come­back over D.C. United and Sport­ing Kansas City took ad­van­tage of a con­tentious penalty de­ci­sion to down the Seat­tle Sounders in Ma­jor League Soc­cer on Satur­day.

Giovinco’s first goal pulled D.C. United level at 1-1 in the 34th minute, af­ter Steve Birn­baum had cap­i­tal­ized on Fabian Espinola’s ac­cu­rate cor­ner in the sixth minute. Giovinco beat two de­fend­ers with a skilled cut­back and pow­er­ing a shot over the head of goal­keeper An­drew Dyk­stra.

The Ital­ian then pro­duced a bril­liant strike from 25- yards that dipped past a full- stretched Dyk­stra to give the vis­i­tors victory and end Wash­ing­ton’s 16- game home un­beaten streak.

Toronto won its third straight game, while D. C. United, the Eastern Con­fer­ence leader, fell one game short of ty­ing a club record for con­sec­u­tive un­beaten home games.

Benny Feil­haber scored an 84th minute penalty kick to give Kansas City a 1-0 win over West­ern Con­fer­ence lead­ers Seat­tle.

The penalty was awarded af­ter goal­keeper Ste­fan Frei was whis­tled for a ques­tion­able foul in a col­li­sion with Do­minic Dwyer.

“I don’t know if it was a penalty or not,” Feil­haber said. “But ob­vi­ously, when we get the op­por­tu­nity we want to try and make it. So I just waited to see which way Frei would go and tried to slip it in the op­po­site way.”

Or­lando City ral­lied in the fi­nal 10 min­utes to beat the Chicago Fire 3-2.

Cyle Larin equal­ized for Or­lando City in the 82nd minute with a long range strike and the Chicago Fire’s Adail­ton net­ted his sec­ond own goal of the game 4 min­utes later to com­plete the ex­pan­sion team’s come­back.

David Ac­cam gave Chicago a 2-1 lead with a right-footed strike in the 57th minute, and Kennedy Ig­boananike put the Fire in front early with the open­ing goal in the ninth minute.

Adail­ton’s first own goal tied it for Or­lando City 1-1 in the 40th minute. It was a help­less de­flec­tion af­ter Fire goal­keeper John Busch’s punched the ball off Adail­ton while try­ing to save Sean St. Ledger’s header.

Pa­trick Mullins scored in the 87th minute to lift New York past Philadel­phia, for just the sec­ond victory for the ex­pan­sion team in its de­but sea­son.

Mullins fol­lowed Jeb Brovsky’s throw-in as it rolled into the 18-yard box, shield­ing de­fend­ers to line up his shot. His left-footed strike de­flected off the back of de­fender Richie Mar­quez’s leg and skirted just in­side the right post.

C. J. Sapong opened the scor­ing in the 46th minute for the Union, con­vert­ing Se­bastien Le Toux’s cor­ner kick with a right­footed shot from the cen­ter of the box. Thomas McNa­mara tied it for NYCFC in the 53rd minute with a long- dis­tance shot.

Maxim Tis­sot and An­dres Romero scored and Mon­treal beat the Colum­bus Crew 2-1 for the Im­pact’s first away win in 26 games.

Tis­sot tapped in a re­bound 10 min­utes into the sec­ond half to start the scor­ing. Mon­treal made it 2-0 in the 79th minute when Romero chipped home a goal on a counter attack off a pass from Ig­na­cio Pi­atti.

Colum­bus’ Fed­erico Higuain cleaned up a failed clear­ance in the first minute of sec­ond- half stop­page time to make it 2- 1.

Else­where Satur­day, Kekuta Man­neh scored a first-half goal to lift the Van­cou­ver White­caps over Los An­ge­les 1-0 and Fa­nendo Adi scored a late dou­ble as the Port­land Tim­bers beat the New Eng­land Revo­lu­tion 2-0.


Serena Wil­liams of the U.S. poses with the cup af­ter de­feat­ing Lu­cie Sa­farova of the Czech Repub­lic in their fi­nal match of the French Open ten­nis tour­na­ment at the Roland Gar­ros sta­dium, Satur­day, June 6.

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