Sebastian Giovinco

Toronto FC

Seattle Sounders vs. Toronto FC, MLS Cup: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"The final game is what matters most, and we didn't come to play." -Cristian Roldan

Match Recap

SUMMARY

Seattle Sounders FC 0 - Toronto FC 2

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Venue: BMO Field

Referee: Allen Chapman

Assistants: Adam Wienckowski, Jeremy Hanson

Fourth Official: Kevin Stott

VAR: David Gantar

Attendance: 30,584

Weather: Clear

SCORING SUMMARY

TOR - Jozy Altidore (Sebastian Giovinco) 67'

TOR - Victor Vazquez 90'+4'

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY

TOR - Victor Vazquez (caution) 90'+5'

LINEUPS & STATS

Seattle Sounders FC - Stefan Frei; Kelvin Leerdam, Román Torres, Chad Marshall, Joevin Jones (Nouhou 90+1'); Cristian Roldan, Gustav Svensson, Nicolás Lodeiro - captain, Clint Dempsey, Victor Rodriguez (Jordan Morris 71'); Will Bruin

Substitutes not used: Tyler Miller, Tony Alfaro, Harry Shipp, Lamar Neagle, Jordy Delem

Total shots: 7 (Dempsey, 4)

Shots on goal: 2 (Jones/Dempsey, 1)

Fouls: 9 (Svensson/Lodeiro, 2)

Offside: 1 (Dempsey, 1)

Corner-kicks: 3 (Lodeiro, 3)

Saves: 9 (Frei, 9)

Toronto FC - Alexander Bono; Steven Beitashour, Drew Moor, Chris Mavinga, Justin Morrow; Michael Bradley - captain, Marco Delgado (Benoit Cheyrou 90+3'), Jonathan Osorio (Armando Cooper 85'), Victor Vazquez; Sebastian Giovinco, Jozy Altidore (Nick Hagglund 86')

Substitutes not used: Clint Irwin, Nicolas Hasler, Eriq Zavaleta, Tosaint Ricketts

Total shots: 22 (Giovinco, 7)

Shots on goal: 11 (Giovinco, 4)

Fouls: 3 (Beitashour, 2)

Offside: 1 (Morrow, 1)

Corner-kicks: 11 (Vazquez, 9)

Saves: 2 (Bono, 2)

Post-Match Quotes

BRIAN SCHMETZER – HEAD COACH, SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC

It seemed like especially in the first half Toronto was first to everything.

Greg Vanney's tactical shift pays off for 'bold' TFC in MLS Cup win

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Greg Vanney took a risk on Saturday. It was a calculated risk, sure, but it was a risk nonetheless. After spending the better part of two seasons riding a five-at-the-back set to MLS dominance, Vanney unleashed a major tactical wrinkle with an MLS Cup on the line.

Facing off with a tough Seattle Sounders team, Vanney surprised many when his lineup was announced as a 4-4-2 diamond.

Toronto FC satisfies its MLS Cup obsession with dominant victory

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Toronto FC set out with one goal in the 2017 season: win the MLS Cup the team was so close to capturing in 2016. With Saturday's 2-0 win over the Seattle Sounders, they did just that, and capped off one of the greatest seasons MLS has ever seen.

"Lifting this trophy has been an obsession for the last 364 days," said captain Michael Bradley.

Trailblazers Wyscout look to become football’s answer to Tinder

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Giovinco, Almiron, Valeri headline MLS Best XI

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With MLS Cup right around the corner, the league has announced the 11 players that make up the 2017 Best XI.

Sebastian Giovinco, Miguel Almiron and Diego Valeri headline the MLS Best XI determined by media, MLS players and MLS technical staff. Toronto FC leads the way with three representatives as Giovinco is joined by Justin Morrow and Victor Vasquez while Atlanta United and Sporting KC each see two players named to the squad.

Sebastian Giovinco free kick powers TFC over Red Bulls

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Toronto FC came into their playoff match against the New York Red Bulls with a mountain of pressure and expectations. TFC needed big performances from the biggest players, and they got them.

Sebastian Giovinco, Jozy Altidore, Victor Vazquez, and Michael Bradley all outperformed the Red Bulls like-for-like players, and the final 2-1 result was a validation of TFC's historic year.

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The Union's record-setting day, final numbers on the Union's season, MLS playoff field set, tons of news from Atlanta-Toronto, more news.

TFC ties MLS record for regular season points in home win over Impact

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An early goal from Jozy Altidore was all it took.

After Toronto FC fans lifted the Supporters' Shield before the game, TFC wanted to avenge their only home loss to bitter rivals Montreal Impact. Not only did they avenge their loss, they re-wrote history with a 1-0 win.

Now tied with the 1998 LA Galaxy, TFC are the all-time MLS co-record holders for points in the regular season with a total of 68.

Around The Forest: Gearing up for the MLS Playoffs

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USMNT headed into must win, Toronto has one more box to check and much more!

Major League Soccer:

For Toronto | By Sebastian Giovinco
I've been in Toronto nearly three years now, and there are two things I still have yet to see. One of those things is Niagara Falls. And I'll get there, eventually.

News roundup: Deflating draw, swooning for Seba, WCQ previews, more

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The Union do it again and a whole bunch of praise for Toronto FC and their Italian talisman.

Giovinco's agent: 'Absurd' TFC forward hasn't earned Italy call-ups

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For Andrea D'Amico, Sebastian Giovinco's agent, the fact that Toronto FC's talisman is yet again absent from the Italian national team list ahead of the Azzurri's matches against Israel and Spainis "absurd."

Following his absence Giampiero Ventura's list, Giovinco continued to make his statement with another genius match as his brace led Toronto over the Montreal Impact, 3-1.

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Toronto's big star continued to awe as he ran rampant in two matches, while an Eastern Conference side has full control of their playoff hopes after another impressive showing.

Elsewhere, this year's No. 1 draft pick propelled his side to their first away victory thanks to an exquisite performance.

Around The Forest: Paris Saint-Germain sign Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe on loan deal

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Toronto FC on a record blazing pace, Wondo tops Landon Donovan and more!

Portland:

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The Portland Timbers' 1-1 draw against the Seattle Sounders in their Cascadia Cup derby at CenturyLink Field on Sunday would have been an impressive result under any circumstances.

Match report: Toronto FC 3-0 Philadelphia Union

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Toronto easily handled Philadelphia, winning 3-0 at home with goals from Giovinco, Hasler, and Altidore. PSP has the match report after disappointing result.

Not Great!: Toronto FC 3-0 Philadelphia Union

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Yeah, this was bad.

The Philadelphia Union entered Toronto with a pipe dream of breaking Toronto FC's season-long home unbeaten streak or at least a slightly more realistic dream of leaving BMO Field with a singular point. Unfortunately, both of those dreams were smashed early and stomped on for the duration of the match as the Union left the pitch victims of a dispiriting 3-0 defeat to 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Alejandro Bedoya

Season review: Alejandro Bedoya’s year

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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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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.

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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.

The Rest

Major Link Soccer: Sebastian Giovinco had a bad feeling about MLS Cup

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CONCACAF World Cup qualifying and U17 World Cup preview

Seattle

Even though it's been almost ten months since the Sounders won MLS Cup, it's always nice to talk about the historic win. Apparently, Toronto FC's Sebastian Giovinco had a feeling Toronto would lose to Seattle.

Seattle is one step closer to hosting a match during the 2026 World Cup.

Fire v Red Bulls match preview

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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.

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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.

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

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2016 Player Review: Roland Alberg

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