Giovinco scores 3 goals, Toronto FC beat Or­lando 4-1

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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.

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