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Sebastian Giovinco scores twice; Toronto FC beats DC United 2-1

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WASHINGTON — Sebastian Giovinco scored in the 83rd minute, his second of the game, and Toronto FC beat D.C. United 2-1 on Saturday night to end Washington's 16-game home unbeaten streak.

Giovinco has a goal or an assist in 10 of 12 games this season, totaling seven goals and six assists.

PHOTO: Toronto FC defender Warren Creavalle, left, holds onto the arm of D.C. United forward Fabian Espindola, right, during the first half of an MLS soccer game, Saturday, June 6, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Toronto FC defender Warren Creavalle, left, holds onto the arm of D.C. United forward Fabian Espindola, right, during the first half of an MLS soccer game, Saturday, June 6, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

He evened it at 1 in the 34th minute, beating two defenders with a skilled cutback and powering a shot over the head of goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra. His go-ahead goal was a knuckleball from distance.

Toronto (6-5-1) won its third straight game, while D.C. United (8-4-4), the Eastern Conference leader, fell one game short of tying a club record for consecutive unbeaten home games.

United's Steve Birnbaum got his first MLS goal in the sixth minute with an easy redirection of Fabian Espindola's corner kick. Espindola had a shot hit the post in the fifth. Kofi Opare had a goal disallowed in the 60th after Birnbaum was whistled offside on Espindola's free kick.

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