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Giovinco behind Toronto FC's recent MLS turnaround

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After an off-season full of trades and sales, Toronto FC appeared to have gathered a group of players that would allow them to reach the play-offs for the first time ever.

Head coach and former Tottenham Hotspur player, Ryan Nelsen, was replaced with Greg Vanney.

Offseason overhaul

Veteran Polish defender Damien Perquis, and established holding midfielder Benoit Cheyrou were brought in to strengthen the defensive line. In attack, Brazilian striker, Gilberto, was loaned back to his homeland in a move to make room for another designated player spot.

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The player who was supposed to by TFC's saviour last season, Jermaine Defoe, was sent back to England. His replacement was the underwhelming Jozy Altidore, who after showing much potential, failed to live up to the lofty expectations of Sunderland. His form in Toronto has shown that he is capable to lead the attack, however, a current injury has him sidelined. American striker Robbie Findley was brought in to support Altidore.

The final piece of the puzzle was Toronto's marquee signing for the season. Sebastian Giovinco, playing in teams such as Sampdoria and Juventus, brought some needed star power to this team. 

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Giovinco, and Toronto FC as a whole had a very slow start to the season.

Despite winning the first game of the season against Canadian rivals, Vancouver Whitecaps, they lost their next four games. Fans were feeling let down, but near the end of that four game losing streak Giovinco began producing.

Italian force

Against FC Dallas, Toronto FC lost 3-2, with Giovinco scoring two goals in six minutes at the end of the game. His performance gave fans a lift as well as patience that this team could yet achieve something. 

Since that game in mid-April against FC Dallas, Toronto FC have won four, and lost and tied once, improving their position in the Eastern Conference table to fourth. If that is maintained it guarantees them a play-off spot.

In those last six games, Sebastian Giovinco has scored two goals and assisted four more. Their form has improved greatly despite the absence of top striker Jozy Altidore, and this is because of Giovinco's improvement, and his ability to improve other players.

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