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MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

February 16, 2013
DISNEY PRO CLASSIC ROUNDUP
Desert Diamond Cup, Carolina Challenge results


Columbus defender Glauber keeps the ball away from Orlando City’s Long Tan during the Crew’s 3-2 Disney Pro Soccer Classic win on Saturday night.
Columbus defender Glauber keeps the ball away from Orlando City’s Long Tan during the Crew’s 3-2 Disney Pro Soccer Classic win on Saturday night.
Photo by Joe Petro, courtesy Orlando City SC
COLUMBUS CREW 3, ORLANDO CITY SC 2
ORLANDO, Fla.--- Federico Higuain scored the winning goal on a penalty in the 89th minute and added two assists to lead the Columbus Crew to a 3-2 victory over Orlando City SC at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex Saturday evening.

The win, their third of the Tournament, vaults Columbus into the Disney Pro Soccer Classic Final match next Saturday evening against Montreal.

Agustin Viana opened the scoring quickly for Columbus,off Higuain’s free kick in the third minute.

Orlando knotted the score in the 57th minute. Bryan Burke overlapped on the near side and chipped the ball into the penalty area. The ball deflected off of a Columbus defender and Jamie Watson flicked it into the net past Columbus goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum to level the score at 1-1.

Orlando midfielder James O’Connor was handed his second yellow card in the 68th minute for a flagrant foul, leaving Orlando shorthanded for the remainder of the match.

Columbus took advantage, and took the lead, in the 74th minute. Higuain found teammate Josh Williams who blasted the go-ahead goal past Orlando goalkeeper Miguel Gallardo.

Orlando tied the match in the 79th minute. Midfielder Brian Fekete shot the ball on goal and a quick rebound went off of defender Glauber Berti for an own goal to leave the match tied 2-2. But the Lions eventually gave the match away with a foul in the penalty area, sending Higuain to the spot for the 3-2 game-winner.

Gruenebaum had four saves for the match for Columbus while Gallardo had five for Orlando.

D.C. UNITED 1, MONTREAL IMPACT 1
ORLANDO, FL---Kyle Porter scored in the 85th minute to give DC United a 1-1 tie with the Montreal Impact in a Disney Pro Soccer Classic match at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex Saturday afternoon.

Porter, a midfielder currently on the roster as a trialist, entered the contest when Head Coach Ben Olsen made wholesale substitutions in the 75th minute.

Rafael, another substitute, settled the ball and found Porter open in the penalty area for a 15-yard volley that brought United back from a 1-0 deficit.

Montreal took the lead in the 16th minute. A defensive miscue on Marco DiVaio’s cross into the penalty area left a rebound that Andrea Pisano put into the net with a spectacular volley.

PHILADELPHIA UNION 3, TORONTO F FC 0
ORLANDO, Fla.---Antoine Hoppenot scored a goal and added an assist to lead the Philadelphia Union to a 3-0 shutout win over Toronto FC in a Disney Pro Soccer Classic match at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex Saturday afternoon.

Starting goalkeeper Chris Konopka and substitute goalkeeper Chase Harrison each had one save to share the clean sheet. Harrison entered the match in the 75th minute.

Hoppenot opened the scoring in the eighth minute, after receiving a pass in the penalty area from Michael Lahoud. Hoppenot’s shot was slightly deflected by Toronto goalkeeper Joe Bendik, but snuck into the net off the far post to make the score 1-0.

Roger Torres extended Philadelphia’s lead in the 40th minute. Torres stole the ball from the Toronto defense and launched a volley from 12 yards into the far corner of the net.

Trialist Matt Kassel capped the scoring in the 51st minute, snagging the rebound after Hoppenot’s shot was blocked to the top of the penalty area. Kassel’s 18-yarder and hit the far corner of the net to leave the Union up 3-0.

SPORTING KANSAS CITY 1, TAMPA BAY ROWDIES 0

ORLANDO, Fla.---Sporting Kansas City defeated the Tampa Bay Rowdies 1-0 in the final group match of the Disney Pro Soccer Classic.

The lone goal came in the 76th minute from attacking midfielder Graham Zusi, who slotted the ball next to the right post. Rowdies goalkeeper Andrew Fontein was close to getting a touch on it, but Zusi’s shot was well placed.

CAROLINA CHALLENGE CUP
CHICAGO FIRE 3, HOUSTON DYNAMO 2

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Chicago Fire defeated the Houston Dynamo 3-2 Saturday evening to open the 2013 Carolina Challenge Cup at Blackbaud Stadium. After falling behind in the 15th minute, the Fire found goals from Sherjill MacDonald and Jeff Larentowicz and were aided by a Houston Dynamo own goal for the 3-2 victory.

Adam Moffatt gave Houston the lead in the 15th minute off a free kick.

Chicago got the equalizer when MacDonald slotted the ball under Dynamo ‘keeper Tally Hall to even the score.

Minutes later the Fire took a 2-1 lead courtesy of a Houston own goal that resulted as a loose ball ricocheted off Dily Duka and two Dynamo defenders. In the 48th minute, Larentowicz snapped a header off a Joel Lindpere corner kick to make it 3-1.

The Dynamo were able to cut the deficit to 3-2 in the 64th minute when Brad Davis whipped in a corner and found a leaping Cam Weaver whose header pulled the Dynamo within one.

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS 3, CHARLESTON BATTERY 2
CHARLESTON, SC--- first half goals from rookie Kekuta Manneh and a brilliant second-half volley from Daigo Kobayashi proved enough for Vancouver Whitecaps FC as they held off hosts Charleston Battery 3-2 in the Carolina Challenge Cup.

Manneh scored his first goal just four minutes into the game, then made it 2-0 in the 28th minutes. The Whitecaps made it a three goal lead in the 51st minute when Daigo Kobayashi hit a tremendous volley past Battery goalkeeper Kevin Klasila.

The host Battery pulled one back in the 71st minute Shortly after, midfielder/forward Nicki Patterson netted Charleston’s first goal of the match with a strike to the top-left corner of the net. Nine minutes later, Battery striker Dane Kelly found some space and put a curling shot past Knighton to reduce Vancouver’s lead to one.

DESERT DIAMOND CUP
SEATTLE SOUNDERS 2, REAL SALT LAKE 1

TUCSON, Ariz. - Mario Martinez and Philip Lund each scored as Sounders FC ) defeated Real Salt Lake ), 2-1, in the second match of the Desert Diamond Cup. John Sterzer scored the loan goal for Real Salt Lake as Sounders FC clinched a berth in the tournament's final next Saturday.

The four-game tournament continues on Wednesday when Sounders FC takes on the New York Red Bulls and concludes next Saturday with the championship and third place games. Seattle will also play Mexican side Veracruz on Friday to prepare for their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal matchup with Tigres.

NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION 3, NEW YORK RED BULLS 2
TUCSON, Ariz. – The New England Revolution scored two goals within five minutes en route to a 3- 1win over the New York Red Bulls in the Tucson Desert Diamond Cup Saturday night.

The Red Bulls scored the first goal. Juninho did the honors, taking advantage of a Thierry Henry dummy to beat goalkeeper Matt Reis from atop the penalty area in the 11th minute.

Red Bulls defender Jamison Olave was called for a handball in the penalty area and Lee Nguyen converted the ensuing penalty kick past goalkeeper Luis Robles to knot things at up 1-1 in the 53rd minute.

Five minutes later, Honduran international striker Jerry Bengtson gave New England a 2-1 advantage as he headed home a Donnie Smith cross into the net.

Marko Jesic closed out the scoring for the Revs in the 88th minute. He was played a through ball on the right side and fired a shot to the left corner past guest player and goalkeeper Ian Joyce.


Norb Ecksl reported from Orlando
 
 
 
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