The game in 100 words (or less): It’s finally time everyone stops beating around the bush, pretending like Toronto FC aren’t perfectly on course to go down as the best team in MLS history, pretending like there’s still a Supporters’ Shield “race” to be run. Following Sunday’s 3-1 victory over 401 Derby rivals Montreal Impact, TFC (56 points, with seven games to go) have every reason to believe they’ll break the all-time regular-season points record (68) and become the first team to reach the 70-point mark. Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore, TFC’s goalscorers on Sunday, are finally healthy, together, and in increasingly fine form — 7 goals, 3 assists in 8 games; and, 3 goals in 6 games since returning from the Gold Cup. Sunday’s result makes it nine games without defeat for TFC (six wins) and sends Greg Vanney’s side nine points clear in the Shield race. Montreal, meanwhile, remain on the outside of the playoffs looking in, seventh place, still trailing Atlanta United on goal differential.
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Three Four moments that mattered
41′ — Giovinco’s free kick baffles Bush — There is truly nothing a goalkeeper can do when Giovinco hits it this sweetly. (WATCH HERE)
52′ — Altidore gets on the end of a cross for 2-0 — Contrary to the haters’ popular belief, Altidore is actually good, and you should consider marking him (or any center forward, for that matter) inside the penalty area.
90+2′ — Piatti gives Montreal a lifeline — Alex Bono was spectacular for the entirety of regular time, but this mini-gaffe is the only thing that’ll replay over and over in his head tonight.
90+3′ — Giovinco answers right back for 3-1 — Just as quickly as Montreal came back into the game, Giovinco put them right back out of it.
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Man of the match: Sebastian Giovinco
Goalscorers: Giovinco (41′, 90+3′), Altidore (52′), Piatti (90+2′)