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Red Bulls drop MLS season opener to Toronto FC

New York Red Bulls defender Kemar Lawrence

New York Red Bulls defender Kemar Lawrence reacts after being called for a foul resulting in a penalty kick against the Toronto FC during the second half of an MLS soccer game Sunday, March 6, 2016, in Harrison, N.J. Credit: AP / Adam Hunger

HARRISON, N.J. — Sebastian Giovinco scored on a penalty kick and had an assist in the second half, and Toronto FC beat the New York Red Bulls 2-0 on Sunday in the MLS season openers for both teams.

Toronto FC, which reached the postseason last season for the first time since the club’s inception, beat the Red Bulls for the first time in seven matches at Red Bull Arena.

Giovinco scored off a penalty kick in the 82nd minute before getting a yellow card six minutes later. His left-footed shot in the 90th minute from outside the box was too high, but he had the assist on Marco Delgado’s goal in the first minute of stoppage time.

The Red Bulls are coming off a Supporters’ Shield campaign — the second time in three years they’ve recorded the best regular-season record in MLS.

The Red Bulls are 9-2-1 all-time at home against Toronto FC.

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