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100 days to the World Cup: Favourites, stars, Mexico's hope

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History favours United after goalless 1st leg

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Who has Messi scored his goals against?

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Coutinho missing more games since Barca saga

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United aim to avoid Prem away skid

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Arsenal aim to winless run vs. Spurs

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Audi Player Index: Giovinco's set-piece prowess

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Giovinco's set-piece prowess boosts his Audi Player Index total

With his 72nd-minute goal against the New York Red Bulls on Monday, Sebastian Giovinco gave Toronto a 2-1 lead heading to Sunday's second leg of the conference semifinals (5 p.m. ET, ESPN/WatchESPN).

The 27-yard goal came on a direct free kick, something Giovinco has seemingly mastered during his three MLS seasons.

Giovinco scored on six direct free kicks during the 2017 regular season, setting a league single-season record -- direct free kicks have been tracked since 2003 -- and , since joining MLS in 2015, he has a total of 14 goals on direct free kicks in the regular season and playoffs. No other player has more than six such goals in that span.

Sebastian Giovinco and Toronto lost in MLS Cup 2016. Can they go all the year this year?

Overall, he had 16 goals in the 2017 season, giving him 55 goals in 86 games in his three MLS campaigns. Only David Villa -- 63 in 94 -- and Bradley Wright-Phillips -- 58 in 100 -- have more since 2015.

Giovinco isn't just a scoring specialist either: His 41 regular-season and playoff assists are second-most in MLS since the start of the 2015 season, trailing only Sacha Kljestan (53).

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