— Major League Soccer (@MLS) October 23, 2016
Sebastian Giovinco put his ball handling abilities on display during a game against the Chicago Fire on Decision Day.
With the score tied at 1-1 in the 53rd minute of the match, Michael Bradley sent out a bank pass to a sprinting Giovinco who was heading towards the goal. Despite Rodrigo Ramos trying to take away possession of the ball, Giovinco was able to free himself and send a pass over to Justin Morrow who headed the ball past Patrick McLain and into the net. The goal gave Toronto FC a 2-1 lead, and proved to be huge as they went on to win the game 3-2.
— Toronto FC (@torontofc) October 23, 2016
Giovinco, 29, has been one of TFC’s most valuable players throughout the season with great plays each and every game. As of October 24, the midfielder has 17 goals, 14 assists, and 177 shots in 28 games played. In addition to his amazing play, he scored a goal on a penalty kick during the first half, making his presence on the squad extremely important towards Toronto’s success.
With the win, TFC improved their record to 14-11-9, leaving them 3rd in the Eastern Conference for their best finish in franchise history. Despite their best efforts, Toronto could not secure a top 2 spot as the New York City FC also won their match on Decision Day against the Columbus Crew FC.
With the season now over, Toronto will look to advance to the Semifinals as they host the Philadelphia Union for the knockout game on Wednesday, with kickoff at 7:30 p.m. EST.
All stats for this article are from MLS.com.
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