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Early Giovinco Goal Enough for Toronto FC to Beat D.C. United

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The atomic ant scored the quickest goal in Toronto FC history and Toronto held on for their second win of the season.

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Toronto FC scored early and then held on for 89 minutes in a 1-0 victory over D.C. United. The win was just their second of the year and the club's first since the opening day of the season.

Sebastian Giovinco had the lone goal of the match for Toronto FC. Clint Irwin would do the rest in goal, earning his second clean sheet of the season.

It would take Toronto FC less than a minute to open the scoring. A cross from Jozy Altidore would find Marky Delgado at the back post. Delgado would centre the ball for Giovinco, who found the back of the net for his fourth goal of the season. This goal puts him just two behind Dwayne De Rosario for most MLS goals in club history.

At just 57 seconds, the goal was the quickest scored in club history. The goal would beat the previous mark of 1:50 set by Reggie Lambe during a Voyageurs Cup match. It was just the second time this season that Toronto FC have scored the first goal in a match. It was also just the second time that the club has scored in the first half.

D.C. United had chances to tie the match up before the half, but Clint Irwin would stand tall in the Toronto FC net. As a result, the club's backline, which shaky at times, would hold until the half.

Toronto FC would go into the break with their first halftime lead of the season. This fact could not be more important for a side that has allowed the first goal in four of their first five matches of the year.

The club would spend most of the second half behind the ball, as D.C. United looked desperately for an equalizing goal. Just as they have been all season, the club was difficult to break down, allowing United very few scoring chances. They would allow just three shots on target the entire match, frustrated the D.C. attack.

With the win, the club now has eight points from the first six games of their season-opening road trip. Eight points from the first eight games were the minimum expected by management before the season.

The club has two remaining games in the road trip to pick up even more points, as they visit rival Montreal Impact next week, and then the Portland Timbers. The win also sees them leap D.C. United in the Eastern Conference standings.