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February 13, 2013
Desert Diamond Cup results

Orlando City’s Adama Mbengue  challenges Toronto FC’s Matt Stinson in Wednesday’s Disney Pro Soccer Classic.
Orlando City’s Adama Mbengue challenges Toronto FC’s Matt Stinson in Wednesday’s Disney Pro Soccer Classic.
Photo by Joe Petro/Courtesy of Orlando City SC
ORLANDO, FL---Marco Di Vaio scored two goals in the first half and Andrea Pisanu added two assists to lead the Montreal Impact to a 4-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rowdies in a preseason match at the ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex at Disney World Wednesday afternoon.

Goalkeeper Evan Bush contributed five saves for Montreal.

Montreal opened the scoring in the second minute. Di Vaio played the ball to Pisanu down the right flank. The Italian midfielder crossed the ball to Felipe who was trailing the play and the Brazilian beat Rowdies' goalkeeper Andrew Fontein to his left.
Doubling its lead in the 16th minute, Di Vaio converted a penalty into the top corner, to the keeper's right. Felipe was taken down by Fontein in the box following a cross towards goal by Di Vaio.

Then in the 18th minute, the Rowdies cut into the lead when defender Takuya Yamada scored on a penalty of his own, beating goalkeeper Evan Bush, who dove to his right.

DiVaio lengthened the lead in the 41st minute on a pass from Pisanu to make it, 3-1, at the end of the first half.

Sanna Nyassi scored in the 66th minute to make it, 4-1.

ORLANDO, FL---Toronto FC scored three times in the second half to shut out Orlando City SC in a Disney Pro Soccer Classic match in front of a partisan crowd at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex Wednesday night.

Joe Bendik made five saves to post the clean sheet for Toronto.

The first half was scoreless, with both sides having a few good offensive thrusts.

Toronto capitalized on an Orlando defensive error in the 53rd minute, when Taylor Morgan captured a high cross in the penalty area from Luis Silva. Morgan juked around defender Rob Valentino and sent the ball across the goal line. Goalkeeper Miguel Gallardo came off his line to challenge the shooter but was unable to get back for the ball.

Toronto widened their lead in the 72nd minute, when a volley into the penalty area was touched by defender Kieron Bernard who was called for a handball. Terry Dunfeld stepped up and converted the penalty to make it 2-0.

After the goal was scored, a slight bumping of players in the middle of the field resulted in a loose elbow thrown and a red card to Orlando’s Adama Mbengue.

Jonathan Osorio scored the final goal in the 86th minute. Osorio received the ball from Andrew Wiedeman and flicked the ball into the net from 12 yards out.

Toronto faces Philadelphia on Saturday at 3:00 PM while Orlando meets Columbus at 6:00 PM Saturday evening.

ORLANDO ---Ethan Finlay scored two goals and added an assist to lead the Columbus Crew to a 4-0 win over the Philadelphia Union in a Disney Pro Soccer Classic match at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex Wednesday afternoon.

Columbus opened the scoring in the 29th minute, when Danny O’Rourke picked up a loose ball in the penalty area and slid a pass over to Ryan Finley, who flicked it into the net.

Finlay made the score 2-0 before the intermission, running onto a long ball into the penalty area and blasting it by Philadelphia goalkeeper Chase Harrison from 12 yards out.

Columbus continued the onslaught in the second half. Finlay notched his second goal of the match with a 12-yard shot off Eddie Gaven’s cross in the 51st minute.

Two minutes later, Finlay then took advantage of a Philadelphia defensive lapse, sending a pass to the middle of the penalty area where Aaron Schoenfeld was waiting to head the ball into the net from 10 yards out to make it 4-0.

Philadelphia replaced Harrison with Chris Konopka in the 59th minute, and Columbus replaced their entire side in the 61st minute. Konopka made a point blank save on Federico Higuain’s eight-yard shot in the 88th minute stopping a two-on-none breakaway.

ORLANDO, FL---Second half goals by Bobby Convey and Soony Saad led Sporting Kansas City to a 2-0 shutout of DC United in the Disney Pro Soccer Classic in front of a small rain-soaked crowd at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex Wednesday evening.

Erik Kronberg registered the clean sheet for SKC. Kronberg was not credited with a save but stopped several first-half scoring opportunities from DC United prior to the beginning of the rain.

Bill Hamid was the starting goalkeeper for DC United and made two saves on scoring drives by SKC that kept the match scoreless at the half.

DC United started off with numerous offensive chances but could not capitalize by putting the ball on net.

Weather conditions equalized play after heavy rain and wind started in the 30th minute. The bad weather lasted beyond halftime.

DC United Coach Ben Olsen replaced Hamid with Andrew Dykstra in the 60th minute, with the match still scoreless.

Convey gave SKC the lead in the 74th minute, receiving a pass from Paulo Nagamura on the near side and blasting a 25 yarder past Dykstra.

SKC expanded their lead in the 81st minute, when Peterson Joseph split the DC United defense with a perfect through ball in the middle of the penalty area to Saad, who steered it into the net with his right foot to make the score 2-0.

Conditions were not ideal as the rain continued through the second half until the end of the match.

DC United faces Montreal on Saturday at 1:00 PM and SKC meets the Tampa Bay Rowdies on Saturday at 8:00 PM.


TUCSON, Ariz. – Real Salt Lake and the New York Reds Bulls played to a 2-2 draw in the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup on Wednesday night at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Joao Plata Put RSL on the board in the 1st minute firing a 10-yard shot inside the near post of New York goalkeeper Santiago Castano.
In the third minute Cole Grossman slotted a loose ball into the back of the net from six yards giving Salt Lake a 2-0 lead.

New York slipped one past Josh Saunders in the 31st minute. Former Real Salt Lake defender Jamison Olave – who was traded by RSL along with FW Fabian Espindola to New York in December – got on the end of a failed corner kick clearance in the box

New York equalized in the 61st minute. Substitute Michael Bustamante ran onto Roy Miller’s cross eight yards out, slamming a hard volley past Attinella to tie the game 2-2.

TUCSON, Ariz. - Brad Evans and Eddie Johnson each scored goals as Sounders FC defeated the New England Revolution, 2-0, in the first match of the Desert Diamond Cup at Kino Sports Complex.

In the 26th minute, Mauro Rosales' short free kick was blocked by the wall, but a hand ball was called on New England, giving Seattle a penalty kick. Evans converted low and to the right to give Sounders FC a 1-0 lead.

In the 45th minute, Johnson chased down a pass from Adam Johansson on the right side, cut to the middle around a defender and curled a left-footed shot inside the far post to make it 2-0.

Norb Ecksl reported from Orlando
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