Toronto FC’s dominance on display in milestone victory

TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 30: Sebastian Giovinco
TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 30: Sebastian Giovinco /

As Toronto FC continues to push for the best regular season in MLS history their recent dominant performance set a new franchise record for points in a season.

Just when you thought Toronto FC’s historic pace could not impress you enough, the team set a new team record for points in a regular season (56) with their 16th win of the season. It is never easy going up against a divisional rival especially a Montreal Impact club that was looking to continue their playoff push. Their 3-1 victory now has them 12 points off the best MLS regular season in history with seven games left.

When it looked like TFC was struggling to produce offensively, a free kick for Sebastian Giovinco changed that. There has been no better player to have take free kicks as the Atomic Ant has five direct free kick goals in 2017 which tied the single-season record in the MLS, a record that has stood since 2003. Altidore then put the Reds up by two as a miscue defensively by the Impact defence allowed him to go uncontested to the net finishing off a nice play started by Marky Delgado.

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When the five minutes were added for injury time, Montreal was pushing hard to make the game close with Ignacio Piatti scoring early into injury time. However, TFC displayed their dominance as Giovinco scored almost immediately after. That goal was not only a backbreaker to the Impact’s chances of getting back into the game and ending their four-game win streak, it was also a statement from Toronto. If this season has shown anything, it is that this team is not going to break down mentally when faced with adversity. The amount of confidence they are playing with is definitely a big part of mentality because even if they get off to a slow start they know that they have the talent to get the job done. The Reds are team that is clearly on a mission to prove something to the league.

“We feel like there’s still lots of room for improvement. There’s still lots of points left on the table. We haven’t done anything yet. We have to keep going. We have to keep going, we have to keep working with humility,” captain Michael Bradly told Sportsnet’s John Molinaro after the game.

That type of mindset is very important for this team at this point of the season because it is very easy to ease up with a nine point advantage in the standings. However, with a chance to make history, that is not something the team can be thinking of. With the BYE week coming up it is a good opportunity to get some rest but not get too and hopefully that gives them a chance to regroup with an important stretch of games coming up.

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What do you think about the TFC’s chances to set a new MLS record? Is this the greatest MLS team of all-time or do they need to win the MLS Cup to prove that?