When Giovinco hit his stunning free kick against the Philadelphia Union it got us thinking at Waking the Red. It was clear that it was one of the top goals in the history of Toronto FC but just what other strike would make that list? We put together a collection of our favourite goals (in no particular order) and want you, the reader, to let us know which goal was your favourite in club history.
1 - Sebastian Giovinco @ Philadelphia Union 05/02/15
The Italian may have gotten a fair bit of help from poor goalkeeping on this effort but he still had a lot to do just to get the ball over the wall and on target from that kind of range. He hit it with plenty of power and swerve and found the corner of the goal in an effort that would have challenged a keeper who actually reacted in time.
2 - Javier Martina against Portland Timbers 03/26/11
Martina bagged himself a brace in the 2011 home opener against the Timbers with his second goal being the real cherry on top of an outstanding performance by the Dutchman. It was a very quick counter attack that saw Martina get in a dangerous position and rather than trying to take the ball down and beat Rodney Wallace he elected to fire away first time and the result was a beautiful bending volley in to the far corner with Stefan Frei picking up an assist to go along with his clean sheet.
3 - Dwayne De Rosario @ Montreal Impact 06/18/09
It was the goal that started the miracle. With Toronto FC needing a whole lot of goals after falling behind 1-0 early in the game, it was DeRo who popped up with a brilliant bicycle kick to draw things level in the match. A poor punch by the Impact keeper off the corner allowed the ball to fall to DeRo in a dangerous area and the rest is a glorious piece of TFC history. Since we could not find a clip of the goal you get the chance to relieve the full 6-1 win (or skip to around the 2 minute mark).
4 - Jim Brennan @ Columbus Crew 05/26/07
Giovinco is not the only player who can hit a screaming free kick from long range and he certainly was not the first to do it for Toronto FC. The original 30-yard free kick for TFC came from Jim Brennan who hit a rocket against the Crew to level the game at 2-2. His effort came after a quick touch by Ronnie O'Brien which changed the angle just enough to allow Brennan the space to get his rocket of an effort through on goal and beyond the keeper.
5 - Darel Russell against FC Dallas 04/06/13
Deep in to stoppage time with TFC trailing 2-1 it was Russell who stepped up to take care of matters. Justin Braun lofted a ball towards the danger zone that wound up missing the target and floating towards the top of the box instead. Russell brought it down with a nice first touch just outside of the 18 and was quickly getting closed down for a pair of defenders. He made the most of his second touch hitting a swerving half volley to cap off the comeback and earn a point.
6 - Jonathan Osorio against New York Red Bulls 04/27/13
Luis Robles went on a bit of an adventure in his own box to try and deal with a free kick which left him completely out of position by the time that the ball made its was to Osorio. It was still hard work from there though for the Canadian who had to beat the first defender just to get his effort off which had to find its way past two defenders who had dropped back to the goal line. Osorio's powerful chip was high enough to get over the heads of the defenders and a scrambling Robles while still managing to wind up on the right side of the cross bar. It was a lovely effort for Oso's second goal with the club.
7 - Gilberto @ New York Red Bulls 06/27/14
If you are going to snap a goal drought you may as well do it in style. That is just what Gilberto did with his free kick against the energy drinks. Defoe may not have liked the idea of letting him take it but the Brazilian made the most of the chance. No swerve needed on this one as he just blasted it so hard that even Robles getting his hands on the ball was not enough to stop it from finding the back of the net.
8 - Torsten Frings @ Montreal Impact 06/27/12
The first goal for Frings with Toronto FC was another one to add to our list of impressive free kicks. A pair of dummy runs before Frings stepped up with a powerful strike that left Donovan Ricketts looking quite silly in the Montreal goal as he did little more than flail helplessly as the ball flew by him. Power, swerve, and right down the middle of the goal which was opened by some nice work by Danny Koevermans to move the wall over slightly.
9 - Jermain Defoe against New York Red Bulls 05/17/14
Bradley Orr picked up the ball in the middle of the park before looking up to see Defoe running ahead of him. Orr played the ball through for Defoe who used his first touch to get himself in to the box and his second was to fire a shot that Robles had no chance of stopping. It was a great effort that he managed to get off just before the defender could get back and put in a challenge.
10 - Doneil Henry @ Montreal Impact 05/29/14
Our list of top goals has been dominated by things like free kicks and volleys but they are not the only sorts of goals that can be impressive. Our list would not be complete without at least one headed effort and the best of the bunch in TFC history may be this thunderous offering from Henry against the Impact. Henry used a bit of a screen from Nick Hagglund to find himself in loads of space before rising up to meet the corner and drive it high and hard in to the goal.