It's a story that's become all too familiar: A team comes to Gillette Stadium, only to have their superstar player refuse to take the field.
Thierry Henry was notorious for picking up phantom injuries before trips to Foxborough, a trend that became a bit ironic since the Frenchman ended his career by playing at Gillette Stadium. Didier Drogba saw the field in 2015, but might not in 2016 since he's now taken a hard stance against turf fields.
While many Designated players have refused to play at Gillette Stadium, Toronto FC midfielder Sebastian Giovinco could care less.
Speaking to Kurt Larson of The Toronto Sun, Giovinco downplayed the effect of Gillette Stadium's turf.
Obviously, grass is better than turf when it comes to soccer. That said, it's refreshing to see a talented player decline make the common excuse. Giovinco is a bonafide star and could easier withdraw his name without much of an issue. However, the 29-year-old is a fighter, who's always looking to help his team.
Giovinco and TFC face the New England Revolution on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 4 pm.