Giovinco turns game in three-minute span
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Sebastian Giovinco had a goal and an assist to help Toronto FC beat the visiting Philadelphia Union, 2-1, on Saturday.
The game turned during a three-minute sequence in the first half when Giovinco played provider for Marky Delgado in the 29th minute and scored himself in the 32nd.
Philadelphia substitute Conor Casey, a former Toronto FC player, scored in stoppage time after making room for a low shot that beat a diving Joe Bendik.
Giovinco came close to a third goal in the 40th minute after a through ball from Jozy Altidore put him through the defense. He beat onrushing goalkeeper Brian Sylvestre, but sent the ball just wide of the post.
Giovinco has 12 goals and nine assists this season.
Toronto improved to 8-7-3, and Philadelphia dropped to 6-11-4.
l REVOLUTION 1, NEW YORK CITY FC 0: Lee Nguyen drove a right-footed shot past Josh Saunders in the 12th minute to lead New England to a victory in Foxborough, Mass.
New England snapped a fivematch losing streak.
New England improved to 79-6. New York City (5-9-6) played the final 35 minutes of regulation and six more of stoppage time a man down after Ned Grabavoy was shown a red card in the 55th minute.
Former Premier League star Frank Lampard did not make the trip with New York City in what would have been his debut.
The former Chelsea midfielder injured his calf in training and missed a game last week against Toronto FC.
Lampard and newly acquired designated player Andrea Pirlo could make their debuts next week against Orlando City. Pirlo has been one of the top Italian midfielders for a decade. Goalkeeper Brad Knighton earned the shutout, making several saves in the closing minutes.
lREDBULLS2, ORLANDOCITY 0: Sacha Kljestan’s score in the 21st minute paved the way for a New York victory against an Orlando City team reduced to 10men for the third game in a row. Mike Grella added a goal in the 91st minute to secure all three points for visitingNewYork.