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Early Giovinco strike earns Toronto FC win in D.C.

Photo by Tommy Gilligan/USA Today Sports
Photo by Tommy Gilligan/USA Today Sports

It took Sebastian Giovinco just 57 seconds to score on Saturday, and 89 minutes wasn’t enough time for D.C. United to find a response.

Just a week after scoring four goals in a big win against the Vancouver Whitecaps, D.C. United’s attack reverted to its struggling ways, failing to find the net as TFC posted 1-0 victory at RFK Stadium.

Giovinco scored the game’s only goal in the first minute, pouncing on a Marky Delgado pass and finishing from close range for his fourth goal of the season.

Jozy Altidore started the play, sending in a low cross from the left wing that found Delgado, who slipped the ball back across goal and into the path of Giovinco, who finished with ease.

D.C. United managed 18 shots on Saturday, but only three on goal. TFC goalkeeper Clint Irwin made three saves to preserve the shutout, his best save coming in the 31st minute when he parried away a Patrick Nyarko effort from the center of the penalty area.

Toronto FC will hit the road again to play the Montreal Impact on April 23, while DCU will host the New England Revolution that same day.

Man of the Match

Sebastian Giovinco scored the game-winning goal, but Michael Bradley and Will Johnson truly bossed the midfield on Saturday. The pair of TFC midfielders combined for 11 tackles and three key passes, while Bradley nearly had a free-kick goal in the 27th minute.

Moment of the Match

Sebastian Giovinco’s first-minute tap-in was a result of great passing by Jozy Altidore and Marky Delgado, who fed the Italian the ball inside the box for the game-winning goal.

Match to Forget

Chris Rolfe was invisible for long spells during Saturday’s 1-0 loss at home. Unlike his partner, Fabian Espindola, up front, Rolfe was unable to put any of his shots on frame.


  1. DCU played well for 89 minutes plus. They were organized, hard working and intelligent. The problem is that they are not very talented.

  2. “Would you believe me if I said Player A = Player B?”

    well i don’t know, does he put his hand on his heart for the national anthem?

  3. In all matches for club and country in 2016, Player A has 3 goals, 2 assists in 7 matches–400 minutes total(4.5 games). This coming off a season with a 0.5 gls/game rate.

    Player B has been harshly criticized last year and still this year for underperforming.

    Would you believe me if I said Player A = Player B?

    • How about player C…16 goals and 2 assists last season with already with 6 goals for club in 2016….wait what are we doing here? lol

      • Bizzy, my argument has never been ‘x is better than y’ but merely ‘players performing well aren’t players performing poorly’. Sounds like common sense even as I type it.

        Thus when I see a comment saying something like ‘jozys time is up! He can’t even make it on the field or score goals in mls! He shouldn’t be on the NT!!’ It makes me want to respond with factual evidence supporting the contrary. I then get labeled an apologist or whatever term-of-the-month etc. I don’t Only do it for one player either. I consider myself pretty neutral due to the fact that I have no control over us soccer. I enjoy watching and supporting, reading others’ take on the team and discussing/debating the topics.

        As for player C……. Wondo is a fine player. He’s not my favorite because of the Belgium game. Call me fickle sure. Such is sport. But I’ve never really argued why he’s a bad player. I would prefer we don’t call him up but I can’t control that. I don’t, however, go on and on about how BAD he is, ignoring facts, and demanding he never get called up again …… That wouldn’t make any sense right?…

        My point remains: it’s sad some people purposefully find negative aspects to point out (while ignoring others’ similar woes ) and then hyperbolize them exponentially and constantly to “corral the troops”…

        So it’s Forever: SUNDERLAND…L…O…L…. Haha

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