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Giovinco Brace Leads Toronto FC to Crucial Victory over Colorado Rapids

Toronto FC scored early and often to claim a massive three points which puts them on the brink of making the MLS playoffs for the first time.

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Toronto FC have one foot in the MLS playoffs as they defeated the Colorado Rapids 3-1 at BMO Field today. With the win, they are now 8 points above the playoff line with only five games remaining in the season.

For just the ninth time this year, Toronto FC opened the scoring. Sebastian Giovinco was given far too much space in the midfield and made Colorado pay. His low shot really should have been stopped by Clint Irwin, but nonetheless he gave Toronto the lead just 14 minutes into the match.

Not one to waist time, Giovinco scored a second just four minutes later. Played in on goal by a brilliant flick from Jonathan Osorio, the Italian curled a shot around Irwin to give Toronto a 2-0 lead just 18 minutes into the match.

It was the Italians 19th goal of the season, tying Danny Koevermans on the list of all time Toronto FC goalscorers. He now sits one behind of Kei Kamara for the Golden Boot.

Giovinco then turned provider for the third Toronto goal, when his cross found the head of defender Damien Perquis. It was the defender's first goal in 21 appearances with Toronto FC so far this season. It was Giovinco's 14th assist tying him for the lead with Benny Feilhaber and Cristian Maidana.

Toronto wouldn't escape the half unscathed, however. Dillon Powers got the Rapids on the board in the 38th minute with a header off of a corner kick. Chris Konopka was partially to blame, exposing his goal by coming out too far and failing to claim the ball.

Nonetheless, Toronto would head into halftime with a comfortable 3-1 lead, the first lead they have had in the last four matches.

The second half was a far less exciting affair as both sides settled down. Giovinco was still incredibly dangerous, but Colorado, not wanting to take any chances, fouled him every chance they got.

Early in the half the skies, which had been threatening the entire match, opening up. With the downpour of wind and rain the game slowed down further with many fans leaving for the exit.

When the storm cleared later on in the half no damage had been done by either side. Colorado seemed unable to mount any dangerous attacks in the second half, and allowed Toronto to hang on to their crucial result.