Giovinco scores 3 goals, Toronto FC beat Orlando 4-1
Sebastian Giovinco scored three goals to take the MLS lead and break Toronto FC’s single-season record, leading the Canadian team to a 4-1 victory over Orlando City on Wednesday night.
The 5-foot-4 Italian known as the Atomic Ant has 16 goals this season, one more than Columbus’ Kei Kamara. Giovinco broke the Toronto season record of 15 set by Dwayne De Rosario in 2010.
“It’s special every time we get to see him play,” Toronto coach Greg Vanney said. “He comes up with some amazing moments.”
With 10 assists, Giovinco has been directly involved in 26 of Toronto’s 36 goals this season.
Collen Warner also scored for Toronto (9-8-4).
Luke Boden scored for expansion Orlando (7-10-6).
Giovinco opened the scoring via a 12th-minute penalty after being hacked down by a lunging tackle from Aurelien Collin. Goal No. 2 came off a world-class free kick in the 56th minute from some 28 yards out that curled over the Orlando wall and beat goalkeeper Tally Hall.
“For me every goal is the best goal,” Giovinco said when asked where the free kick goal rated in his scoring pantheon. “As the expression goes, the next one will be the best one.”
In the 88th minute, Giovinco beat Hall with a low angled shot after a long pass from Benoit Cheyrou, prompting the crowd of 26,648 to chant “MVP! MVP!”
“If we’d hit a couple of more passes, he might have had five or six at the end of the night,” Vanney said. “But that’s being greedy, I guess.”
Elsewhere, New York’s Lloyd Sam scored early in the second half as the Red Bulls drew 1-1 with the Montreal Impact.
Toronto FC’s Justin Morrow falls to the field as Orlando City’s Eric Avila defends during the first half of an MLS soccer match in Toronto, Wednesday, Aug. 5.