Sebastian Giovinco

Toronto FC

D.C. United vs. Toronto FC staff and reader predictions

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You guys like conceding a bunch of goals, right?

Oh hey, it's time for another D.C. United game? Um...yay? Is this something we're excited about?

Toronto FC are in town. They're only, like, the best team in MLS right now, and D.C. United are only, like, the worst. What could go wrong!

Giovinco delivers another strong performance against New York City FC

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TORONTO – There is something about New York City FC that brings the best out of Sebastian Giovinco.

The Italian's first-ever MLS hat trick was against NYCFC back on July 12, 2015 in a thrilling 4-4 draw at Yankee Stadium. Giovinco also produced one of the most outstanding playoff performances in recent memory in the Eastern Conference semifinals, recording another three goals in the Bronx as Toronto FC cruised to a 5-o victory.

Why MLS is more exciting than the EPL

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Collin Deckert explains how the EPL is not as exciting as MLS, and why.

D.C. United vs. Toronto FC staff and reader predictions

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Spoiler alert: Giovinco is definitely scoring on us.

After week off from MLS and a midweek Open Cup win (phew), D.C. United are back to the league grind today against Toronto FC.

The Black-and-Red have a confusing record on the road this season—where home performances have mostly been, let's say, not great, the team seems to occasionally do just a bit better away, even finding a couple wins (flukes or no, they still count).

Giovinco brace guides TFC past Fire for first home win

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TORONTO Sebastian Giovinco's 2017 has not been kind to him thus far, but it took a turn for the better on Friday night as Toronto FC toppled the Chicago Fire 3-1 at BMO Field to earn its first home victory of the season. It's also the Fire's first defeat since Bastian Schweinsteiger's arrival.

Bedoya to USMNT, UCL results; Brotherly Game Daily Links 3/16/17

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If you're ready for some links, give me a hell ya!

Philadelphia Union News

Alejandro Bedoya Called Up to USMNT
The Philadelphia Union's captain will represent the US against Honduras and Panama in the upcoming hex matches.

FROM THE FILM ROOM: Breaking down Union vs.

MLS Ticker: Giovinco set to miss match, Sjoberg undegoes surgery, and more

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Toronto FC has yet to win a match in 2017, and finding that first win just became significantly more difficult.

According to the Toronto Sun, Sebastian Giovinco has been ruled out of Toronto FC's clash with the Vancouver Whitecaps due to a leg injury, specifically a contusion to his illiotibial band.

Philadelphia Union 2 , Toronto FC 2: Recap and player ratings

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The Union gain their second point of the season after an exciting match with Toronto.

The Philadelphia Union and Toronto FC split the points tonight, as they were both able to score two goals a piece. The Union opened the scoring in the 11th minute of this one, as new striker Jay Simpson opened his Union scoring account with a low header after a cross into the box from Fabian Herbers was nodded on by Chris Pontius.

Philadelphia Union vs. Toronto FC Game Thread

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Game Info

  • Date: March 11, 2017
  • Time: 4:30 PM ET
  • Place: Talen Energy Stadium, Chester, PA
  • Television: Comcast SportsNet
  • Stream: MLS Live
  • All-Time Record: Series is tied 6-6-5
  • Know Thy Enemy: Waking The Red

Starting XI

  • Philadelphia Union: Andre Blake; Fabinho, Richie Marquez, Oguchi Onyewu, Keegan Rosenberry; Haris Medunjanin, Derrick Jones; Chris Pontius, Alejandro Bedoya, Fabian Herbers; Jay Simpson
  • Toronto FC: Clint Irwin; Nick Hagglund, Drew Moor, Eriq Zavaleta; Justin Morrow, Victor Vazquez, Michael Bradley, Armando Cooper, Tsubasa Endoh; Sebastian Giovinco, Jozy Altidore

Bench

  • Philadelphia Union: John McCarthy, Jack Elliott, Ray Gaddis, Warren Creavalle, Roland Alberg, Fafa Picault, C.

Three keys to a Philadelphia Union victory against Toronto FC

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These are the things that will need to happen for the Union to get a good result.

1.) Watch for the mismatch: Last year, Toronto FC had a field day against the Union. They lined Sebastian Giovinco up on their left (the Philadelphia Union's right) and Jozy Altidore on their right (Union's left).

Giovinco 'happy' to remain in Toronto amid offer from China

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The threat of the Chinese Super League luring top players from MLS has lurked in the background since the big spending out of Asia began, but a real threat may be posed as China tries to steal the top player in MLS with a lucrative offer.

In the past week, there has been interest from China in Toronto FC forward Sebastian Giovinco.

How do the Sounders stop Toronto’s strike duo?

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Brad Evans says that the key is containment of Giovinco and winning the physical battle with Altidore

Ahead of the Seattle Sounders' first ever appearance in an MLS Cup final this weekend, team captain Brad Evans says that even though Toronto FC have two of the best forwards in the league, the Sounders are more than capable of containing them.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 11/8/16

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MLS News

3 things we learned from Toronto FC laying a 5-0 beating on NYCFC
Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore buried NYCFC before the second leg could even get going.

Giovinco and Piatti show us why they're the best players in the Eastern Conference
When the chips are down in a big-game situation, Toronto FC's Sebastian Giovinco and Montreal's Ignacio Piatti showed us why you would rather have them on them.

Canadian clubs douse New York MLS hopes, Gerrard’s Galaxy ousted

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Los Angeles (AFP) Montreal and Toronto put paid to New York's MLS Cup hopes with Eastern Conference semi-final wins, as the Los Angeles Galaxy bowed out in the West in what was likely Steven Gerrard's MLS swansong.

Until Sunday, a Canadian team had never booked a spot in the MLS Cup conference finals.

Canadian clubs douse New York MLS hopes, Gerrard’s Galaxy ousted

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Los Angeles (AFP) Montreal and Toronto put paid to New York's MLS Cup hopes with Eastern Conference semi-final wins, as the Los Angeles Galaxy bowed out in the West in what was likely Steven Gerrard's MLS swansong.

Until Sunday, a Canadian team had never booked a spot in the MLS Cup conference finals.

Major Link Soccer: Toronto had previously eyed Nico Lodeiro

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Seattle's Gem had been the apple of the Red's eye, even during their pursuit of Sebastian Giovinco.

MLS:

With the treble still in play, FC Dallas must adapt their playing style to accommodate Mauro Diaz's absence. Their squad gets their first test in adaptability this Sunday, as they face the Sounders in the rubber match of a back and forth regular season series.

Ken Tribbett’s errors obscure larger facts in Union playoff loss

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Ken Tribbett will have nightmares for years about Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore, but there was more to the Union's playoff loss than that, PSP's Dan Walsh writes. Also, a note on the retiring Conor Casey.

Match report: Toronto FC 3-1 Philadelphia Union

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Sebastian Giovinco, Jonathan Osorio, and Jozy Altidore were all on target as Toronto FC dispatched the Union in the first round of the MLS Playoffs.

PLAYOFF GAME THREAD: Toronto FC vs. Philadelphia Union

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It's time.

Five long years have gone by since Philadelphia Union fans experienced for themselves the postseason. That drought ends tonight, as the Union head up to Toronto to face Toronto FC. It's been a wild ride to get to this point. The Union started out like a house afire and lead the Eastern Conference for the first half of the season before getting just 16 out of a possible 51 points during the second half, squeaking into the playoffs on goal differential.

Playoff preview: Toronto FC v Philadelphia Union

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The Union head to Toronto with their season on the line in a one-game knockout playoff game. Can they stop Sebastian Giovinco and pull off the upset?

D.C. United vs. Toronto FC Community/Site Player Ratings

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We reveal the votes and look at a possible perk of the win.

D.C. United had to have anticipated seeing Sebastian Giovinco and Toronto FC in some manner or fashion Saturday night. While they dodged a bit of a bullet, there was still three more national team players on the TFC squad. Both teams had been playing a few games of late, so there was some rotation on both sides, even before an international break, but the Black-and-Red managed to steal a win at BMO field and further cementing their chances of a postseason berth.

D.C. United vs. Toronto FC ratings form

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Your voting for Saturday's big win are open.

So D.C. United went to Toronto FC, anticipating to face Sebastian Giovinco but didn't get him. They did get Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley in their stead, and playing their fourth game in just over two weeks, they managed to make the most of their chances en route to a 2-1 win that would presumably ensure a playoff berth for the Black-and-Red and perhaps even hosting a game to boot.

D.C. United vs. Toronto GIFs

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We look at some moments from Saturday.

D.C. United was going up to Canada to play a Toronto FC side that had been looking not as good as they normally would (thanks to the absence of Sebastian Giovinco), but still among the East leaders. Dressing an A-minus/B-plus side that was definitely leggy from the work they'd put in over the last two and a half weeks, their 2-1 win may have been as impressive as the ones which have given them all this goalscoring over the last two months.

Three questions with Waking The Red

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We spoke with James Grossi of Waking The Red, SB Nation's Toronto FC blog, about the upcoming match between TFC and the Union.

Brotherly Game) It seems like the injury bug has hit Toronto FC hard over the last little bit, however since they've lost only once in their last ten it also hasn't slowed them down at all.

Major League Soccer

Toronto stretches MLS win streak to six games

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Washington (AFP) – Canadian striker Tosaint Ricketts scored in the 77th minute to give Toronto a 3-2 victory over Minnesota United, stretching the Major League Soccer win leader’s victory streak to six matches.

Toronto’s club record run has featured five triumphs in 18 days and put the team atop the Eastern Conference at 7-1 with four drawn for 25 points.

Toronto stretches MLS win streak to six games

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Washington (AFP) – Canadian striker Tosaint Ricketts scored in the 77th minute to give Toronto a 3-2 victory over Minnesota United, stretching the Major League Soccer win leader’s victory streak to six matches.

Toronto’s club record run has featured five triumphs in 18 days and put the team atop the Eastern Conference at 7-1 with four drawn for 25 points.

Kaka, Giovinco remain highest earners in latest MLS salary data

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On Tuesday afternoon, MLS Players Union announced the league's 2017 salaries, andOrlando City's star Kaka tops the listfor a third straight season, while Paraguayan Miguel Almiron isAtlanta United'shighest-paid player.

The Brazilian star is making $7,167,500 in guaranteed compensation in 2017, but Toronto's Sebastian Giovinco is not too far behind at the number two spot, making a guaranteed $7,115,555 in 2017.

Best of MLS Week 8: Sounders, Giovinco, Nagbe and more

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Week eight of the MLS season produced a spectacular goal in Portland, but the Timbers' Cascadian rival put on the performance of the week down south in California.

The Seattle Sounders put together a comprehensive performance to take down the LA Galaxy at the StubHub Center.

MLS Award finalists include three Sounders

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Jordan Morris, Nicolas Lodeiro and Chad Marshall are the only Seattle players short listed.

No Seattle Sounders are nominated for the prestigious awards of MVP, Defender of the Year or Keeper of the Year. Instead, the team itself and Chad Marshall are each short-listed for the "Fair Play Award", with just half a season Nicolas Lodeiro still earned a nod as potential Newcomer of the Year, and Jordan Morris joins Keegan Rosenberry as the Rookie of the Year favorites.

Keegan Rosenberry

United States roster cuts, MLS moves: Brotherly Game Daily Links 1/28/17

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Go ahead and sleep in, the links will be here when you're ready.

Philadelphia Union News

Rosenberry cut from United States roster ahead of Serbia friendly
Philadelphia's Keegan Rosenberry one of five players trimmed from Bruce Arena's roster.

At some point, Union goalkeeper Andre Blake was the subject of European interest
Earlier this offseason, a Twitter rumor popped up linking Andre Blake to a trial in Belgium or the Netherlands.

Union bits, more news

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Pontius on having a healthy season. Fan vote open for Union Player of the Year.

Evaluating and awards talk, more news

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Evaluating Curtin. Awards talk for Blake and Rosenberry. More news.

Playoff push continues in Toronto and other Union news, more

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Union continue playoff push on Saturday away to Toronto. More news.

David Villa

2016 Player Review: Roland Alberg

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Roland Alberg had an explosive middle of the season, but is there room for him on the roster next year?

Quick, name the top players in MLS in terms of goals scored per minute played. If you thought of Sebastian Giovinco, Bradley Wright-Phillips, David Villa, Frank Lampard, Ola Kamara and players like that, you were right.

Have a look at D.C. United’s player ratings in FIFA 17

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From Bill Hamid to Collin Martin, we look at the home team's ratings in the game

EA Sports releases FIFA 17 on Tuesday, September 27th, and the FIFA Ultimate Team player database is now available, showing ratings for every player in the game. It should come as no surprise that players like Sebastian Giovinco, David Villa, and Andrea Pirlo are the highest rated MLS players, but how do DCU's players rate?

The Rest

Fire v Red Bulls match preview

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What Are They All About? New York Red Bulls

Is the dream over? This past weekend the Chicago Fire lost 3-1 against Toronto FC on the back of a master class from Sebastian Giovinco. Many supporters and pundits quickly jumped to the conclusion that perhaps the real Chicago Fire had finally come to the surface.

Fantasy Focus: Hey hey hey!

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It's Albert Rusnak!

!BL4CKnRED scored 83 points to lead this round. Romain Alessandrini (LA, $9.5) donned the armband and scored a goal on the way to 20 points to lead the team. Meanwhile, Seth Sinovic (SKC, $5.3) tallied a goal and an assist for 13 points, while Sebastian Giovinco (TOR, $12.

Stewart says Union looking for “controlling midfielder,” Simpson notes, league news, more

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Earnie Stewart says Union still searching for new signings. Insight on Jay SImpson. Union second most popular MLS team among Combine participants. More news.

Major Link Soccer: FanDuel and DraftKings to merge

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Italy's head coach spells things out pretty clearly for Giovinco: MLS = no call-up.

Seattle

The Seahawks and Sounders are leading the way when it comes to sustainability in sports, diverting about 97% of CenturyLink Field waste from landfills, up from just 4% ten years ago.

MLS/NWSL

After being snubbed by MLS' list of finalists for MVP, Sebastian Giovinco is being told in no uncertain terms why he has been left out of Italy's latest squad.

WhoScored.com crowns Osvaldo Alonso best midfielder in 2016

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Only Sebastian Giovinco had a higher season-long rating.

We know the season just ended and the playoffs are around the corner, literally. Some websites are putting together their regular season awards and the Seattle Sounders have one player already named to a Best XI.

Midfielder Osvaldo Alonso has been named to WhoScored.