Gilberto breaking out for Toronto FC

Toronto FC forward Gilberto celebrates after scoring against Sporting K.C. last week. (USA TODAY...

Toronto FC forward Gilberto celebrates after scoring against Sporting K.C. last week. (USA TODAY SPORTS)

KURTIS LARSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:27 PM ET

TORONTO - Once-embattled Gilberto exhaled when I asked him.

Then he grinned.

We went back to that 4-1 loss in Kansas City, where one play in particular stood out above the rest.

“My style isn’t to be diving around,” Gilberto said of his split-second decision not to go down under Igor Juliao’s rash second-half challenge, a play that might have seen K.C.’s Brazilian fullback sent off. “I’m going to chase every single ball,” Gilberto added a day ahead of TFC’s crucial Eastern Conference tilt against Chicago. “The right back grabbed me, but I had a step on him. I felt confident to go on net.”

He missed the chance, but that play alone is a microcosm of what Gilberto has represented since arriving at Toronto FC.

He’s tireless and, at times, seemingly made of teflon. He takes a beating every game.


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