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Old July 30th, 2017, 01:27 PM   #1
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MSL News - Toronto FC blanked New York City FC 4-0

Sebastian Giovinco scored two spectacular goals as Toronto FC blanked New York City FC 4-0 on Sunday afternoon, increasing its lead atop Major League Soccer to five points.
Jozy Altidore and Raheem Edwards also scored late for Toronto (12-3-7), which remains unbeaten at home this season (8-0-3). Maxi Moralez fired a NYCFC penalty kick high over the bar in second-half stoppage time.
With second-place Chicago losing to Sporting Kansas City on Saturday, first place in the East was on the line Sunday. And it felt like a top-of-the table clash — a fast, entertaining game that saw both teams stringing passes together as they built up attacks on a hot 29 C afternoon before a loud sellout crowd of 29,203.
It was 1-0 at the half. But as the game wore, Toronto showed its ruthless side in front of goal in a performance that will send shivers down the spine of rival teams.
While Toronto humiliated NYCFC 7-0 on aggregate in last season's Eastern Conference semifinal, Sunday marked TFC's first ever regular-season win over the New Yorkers (1-2-4).
Giovinco flashed the first of his magic in the 32nd minute, after raising his hands in the air to call for the ball some 10 yards outside the penalty box. Marky Delgado obliged and Giovinco got the ball in space, sidestepping the approaching Andrea Pirlo as if he was rooted to the ground before curling a left-footed shot high into the goal past a diving Sean Johnson.
It was clear the Italian felt on his game Sunday, trying a variety of shots from around goal.
Giovinco made it 2-0 in the 67th minute with one of his trademark-deadly free kicks that again left Johnson lunging — and missing — in mid-air. It marked the Atomic Ant's 10th goal directly from a free kick, the most of any player in MLS since 2003.
It was Giovinco's 11th goal of the season — his sixth in seven career regular-season games against NYCFC, and his 50th in MLS regular-season play.
Altidore converted a 75th-minute penalty kick for his ninth goal of the season after going down in the box trying to corral a pass from the Italian. Giovinco was the provider in the 82nd minute, chipping a ball over the defence for Edwards to knock in.
Toronto, which has not lost at BMO Field in regular-season play since Oct. 1, 2016, notched its fourth shutout in its last five home games.
NYCFC (11-7-4) came into the weekend tied for fifth in the league on the road with a 4-5-1 mark. But ultimately it could not keep up with TFC.
Altidore, captain Michael Bradley and Justin Morrow, back from the Gold Cup, returned to the Toronto lineup. Veteran centre back Drew Moor made his 350th regular-season appearance, becoming just the 10th outfield player in MLS history to reach the milestone.
A suspension to Venezuelan midfielder Yangel Herrera opened the door for a 10th start of the season for 38-year-old Italian icon Andrea Pirlo.
Bradley and Pirlo were both influential on attack, spraying the ball around. And Argentine attacker Moralez, at five foot three — one inch shorter than Giovinco — was always around the ball when NYCFC had it.
Villa, with 14 goals and seven assists, came into the game on a four-match scoring streak. But he was clearly frustrated at times Sunday, not getting the ball when he wanted.
The Spanish star was busier in the second half, forcing a 60th-minute save off Alex Bono. Seconds later, Toronto defender Chris Mavinga made a fine tackle in the penalty box to deny Moralez.
The teams tied 2-2 on July 19 at Yankee Stadium thanks to Victor Vazquez's stoppage-time penalty in a game that saw Toronto coach Greg Vanney ejected.
NYCFC was coming off a 2-1 win over Chicago than snapped the Fire's 11-game unbeaten streak. Toronto had to settle for a 1-1 tie with lowly Colorado last time out.
Toronto wingback Oyvind Alseth, a replacement for the injured Steven Beitashour, limped off in the 12th minute with what looked like a foot injury. Morrow had to leave in the 64th minute.
NYCFC was without the injured Khiry Shelton, Ronald Matarrita, Maxime Chanot, Miguel Camargo, Rodney Wallace and James Sands.
Best team in MSL victim best populare a-team.

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