Giovinco leads Toronto to first home win of the season

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TORONTO- Toronto FC picked up their first home win of the season last night when Sebastian Giovinco’s brace led the Reds’ to a 3-1 win over the Chicago Fire.

One change for Toronto saw Marky Delgado replace Armando Cooper to make his first start of the season. Chicago were unchanged from the team which beat New England last weekend.

Chicago started the game off dangerously, Nemanja Nikolic scored in the opening minute of the game but the goal was ruled offside.

Toronto eventually took control of the game, Giovinco had four chances in ten minutes, showing he was really hungry to get on the scoresheet.

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Eventually the pressure paid off for the Reds’. Giovinco opened the scoring in the 28th minute. A nice build up play saw Vazquez get his fourth assist of the season and Giovinco’s shot found the bottom left corner.

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Toronto doubled their lead just three minutes after going ahead when Eriq Zavaleta’s powerful header made it 2-0 in the 31st minute. Toronto went in the halftime interval with a 2-0 lead.

The second half was played out well by Toronto, who kept possession and showed lots of composure to hold on.

Canadian midfielder Jay Chapman made his first appearance of the season when he replaced Vazquez.

Chances were few and far between for Chicago, McCarty had a decent look at goal along with draft pick Daniel Johnson.

Giovinco topped off a great night with a spectacular free kick which found the top corner to make it 3-0 for Toronto.

An almost perfect night for Toronto was halted when David Accam capitalized on Cheyrou’s bad pass to make it 3-1.

Toronto eventually won their first game at BMO Field this season and have two more home games in a row against Houston and Orlando. Chicago will travel to play the New York Red Bulls next Saturday.

Starting lineups: 

Toronto: (3-5-2) Bono; Zavaleta, Hagglund, Morrow; Beitashour, Vazquez, Bradley, Delgado, Edwards; Altidore, Giovinco.

Chicago: (4-2-3-1) Bava; Harrington, Kappelhof, Meira, Vincent; Juninho, McCarty; Solignac, Schweinsteiger, De Leeuw; Nikolic.

Used Subs-

Toronto: Chapman (66′), Osorio (81′), Cheyrou (85′).

Chicago: Accam (61′), Johnson (70′), Alvarez (88′).


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