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Giovinco Sends TFC to First-Ever Playoff Berth in Memorable Day for Toronto Sports

Toronto FC clinched a playoff spot for the first time in franchise history on the same night the Blue Jays advanced to the ALCS. Both games happened in Toronto.

Not to be outdone by Jose Bautista and the Blue Jays' epic do-or-die Game 5 victory over the Rangers, Toronto FC star Sebastian Giovinco helped his club make history Wednesday night.

The Italian striker came through yet again, undressing multiple New York Red Bull defenders before finding the back of the net on another highlight-reel play to put the Reds up 2-0. It was the eventual game-winning goal, upping Giovinco's total to a league-tying 22 on the season.


More importantly, it helped TFC qualify for the postseason for the first time in franchise history. The team had gone eight consecutive seasons without a playoff berth since its inaugural year in 2007. It was the sport's longest active playoff drought.

Giovinco has been a force in his first season with the Reds, producing one of the greatest seasons in MLS history and is a frontrunner for the league's MVP award. The 28-year-old recently became the first MLS player ever to record a 20-goal, 10-assist season.

Between Giovinco's exploits and the Blue Jays being four wins away from a World Series appearance, it's been quite a time to be a Toronto sports fan—words that haven't been uttered in a long time. Both the TFC and Blue Jays ended the longest playoff droughts in their respective sports this season, while Giovinco and Toronto third baseman Josh Donaldson could both take home MVP awards.

Toronto sports fans will remember Oct. 14, 2015 forever.