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Toronto's hat-trick hero Giovinco: I'm back

After ending his goalscoring drought courtesy of a hat-trick, Toronto FC star and reigning MLS MVP Sebastian Giovinco announced he is back.

Giovinco had gone eight league matches without scoring but a three-goal haul in Toronto's 4-1 drubbing of DC United changed all that on Saturday.

And the Italy international forward snapped his drought in style with two stunning first-half free-kicks, with the hat-trick completed late in the match.

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"Yes, I'm back," Giovinco said post-match after helping Toronto improve to 27 points from 20 matches, enough for fifth position in the Eastern Conference.

"I'm happy to have scored. We're still a little behind [in the standings], but it's a good start.

"Like I've said before, for a striker, scoring is always very important. Not scoring for eight games is really difficult. I just tried to stay calm.

"We tried to stay together during that time, and hopefully this is going to push us forward."

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There is something about Giovinco and DC, having scored six goals in four matches against the American capital club.

"It just happened. As a striker, [I'm] always trying to find goals," he added.

"Maybe [I'm] apologetic that it was against DC that I scored so many, but it has to be done."