Giovinco brace guides TFC past Fire for first home win

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.
Giovinco opened the scoring after a brilliant first touch
and turn, sending Michael Harrington to the ground
before firing past a helpless Jorge Bava. The Italian
completed his brace with a well-executed free kick in
the 82nd minute, while Eriq Zavaleta was also on the
scoresheet for TFC. David Accam netted a late
consolation for Chicago.
The match opened with some excitement after Giovinco
and Nemanja Nikolic were called offside after they
appeared to give their respective sides an early lead.
The Fire continued to possess the ball and tried to
unlock TFC’s defense down the flanks, though it was
seldom successful.
Toronto tried to take advantage by moving the ball
quickly. However, Dax McCarty and Juninho were often
in the right position to intercept the play. That was the
case until Giovinco turned past Harrington and snapped
a shot into the near post.
TFC did not let up after the opener, though. Raheem
Edwards, making back-to-back starts at left wingback
for the first time in his MLS career, continued to run at
Harrington following the goal. The homegrown star
connected with Jozy Altidore on a cross-field pass
before the U.S. international found Giovinco again for
another brillian


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