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February 23, 2013
DISNEY PRO CLASSIC ROUNDUP
Impact take title; Sounders win Diamond Cup


MONTREAL IMPACT 1, COLUMBUS CREW 0
ORLANDO, Florida – Midfielder Justin Mapp scored the only goal to give the Montreal Impact a 1-0 win over the Columbus Crew in the Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic tournament on Saturday evening.

The Impact opened the scoring in the 54th minute when midfielder Andrea Pisanu played a corner kick towards the penalty spot. A Crew defender cleared the ball out with a header before Justin Mapp, parked near the top of the box, one touched the ball forward before getting off a low shot that hit the post and rolled past the diving goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum.

DC UNITED 2, PHILADELPHIA UNION 0
ORLANDO, Fla.---DC United got goals from , Dwayne DeRosario and Lionard Pajoy to defeat the Philadelphia Union 2-0 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in the final match of their 2013 preseason on Saturday.

The game changed in the 36th minute, Pajoy got in on a breakaway but was tripped by Uion goalkeeper Zac MacMath. DeRosario converted the penalty.

De Rosario was sent off with a straight red card in the 59th minute after the United goal scorer was involved in a physical confrontation with Philadelphia’s Danny Cruz. D.C. was allowed to bring on another player in his place, as Marcos Sanchez entered the game shortly after.

Sanchez then helped create United’s second goal in the 67th minute, as he played a ball to an oncoming Pajoy, who put the ball into the corner of the net with his first touch past MacMath.

ORLANDO CITY LIONS 2, TAMPA BAY ROWDIES 0
ORLAND, Fla.— A first-half penalty conversion by midfielder Jamie Watson and second half strike by forward Dennis Chin was all Orlando needed Saturday night, with the Lions topping cross-state Tampa Bay Rowdies 2-0 in the conclusion of the 2013 Disney Pro Soccer Classic.

Orlando got off to a quick start. With no more than 20 seconds into the match a through ball by Chin found a streaking Jamie Watson on the left side of the pitch. Chasing down the pass, Watson was tripped inside the box- giving the Lions a penalty kick. The midfielder confidently took the penalty shot, beating Tampa goalkeeper Andrew Fontein in the lower left-hand corner to give Orlando the early 1-0 lead.

Chin scored the second goal in the 76th minute, beating Fontein in a one-on-one in the lower right corner.

SPORTING KANSAS CITY 1, TORONTO FC
ORLANDO, Fla.---A first half goal by Claudio Bieler gave Sporting Kansas City a 1-0 win over Toronto FC in the Disney Pro Soccer Classic Saturday.
Winger Soony Saad was able to evade TFC trialist Justin Davis before delivering a pass to Bieler, who pounced inside the area beating Toronto goalkeeper Joe Bendik to his right in the 23rd minute

DESERT DIAMOND CUP
SEATTLE SOUNDERS 1, REAL SALT LAKE 0

TUCSON, Ariz. - Seattle Sounders FC won the 2013 FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup with a 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake in the final at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium on Saturday night.

Alex Caskey scored the second-half game-winner as Seattle finished the tournament undefeated with four wins.

After a scoreless first half, Caskey put Seattle up in the 51st minute. After a nice long pass out of the back from Marc Burch, Sammy Ochoa poked a David Estrada pass to Caskey on the right side of the box with space. Caskey cut inside, juked a defender and hammered a left-footed shot inside the near post.

It was Caskey's second goal of the Desert Diamond Cup after scoring in a 2-0 win over New York on Wednesday. Caskey and Mario Martinez both scored two goals for Sounders FC in the tournament.
Goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann kept the clean sheet for Seattle and finished the tournament without allowing a goal in 198 minutes of play. He finished with seven saves, including five in the first half.

NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION 2, NEW YORK RED BULLS 0
TUCSON, Ariz.---Lee Nguyen and Jerry Bengtson scored first-half goals to lead the New England Revolution to a 2-0 win over the New York Red Bulls in the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup Saturday night.
The Revs grabbed a 1-0 lead in the fourth minute, as Red Bulls central defender Jamison Olave fouled Nguyen in the penalty area. Nguyen converted the ensuing spot kick into the left corner of the net past goalkeeper Luis Robles.

The Revs took advantage of the Red Bulls' missed opportunities and doubled their advantage in the 36th minute, when Bengtson got the rebound off his own blocked shot and knocked it in off the near post from close range.

CAROLINA CHALLENGE CUP
CHICAGO FIRE 1, VANCOUVER WHITECAPS 1

CHARLESTON, S.C.– The Chicago Fire played to a 1-1 draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps at Blackbaud Stadium Saturday. With the draw the Fire clinched the 2013 Carolina Challenge Cup championship.

Maicon Santos scored the only Chicago goal as the Fire played to a 1-1 draw with the Vancouver

In the second half, the Fire broke the scoreless deadlock. Chris Rolfe received the ball in the 57th minute and played it to Santos just outside of the 18-yard box. The Brazilian striker took a touch and blasted a shot that nicked the underside of the crossbar and ricocheted down for the first goal of the evening.

The Whitecaps equalized in the 67th minute, when Steven Kinney went shoulder-to-shoulder with Kenny Miller in the penalty area, bumped him off the ball, and was whistled for the infraction. Darren Mattocks lined up the ensuing penalty kick and blasted it to Sean Johnson’s left for the equalizer.

CHARLESTON BATTERY 2, HOUSTON DYNAMO 0
CHARLESTON, S.C. ) – Austin Savage's 76th-minute header was the game-winner as theCharleston Battery registered a 2-1 win over the Houston Dynamo on Saturday night in the Carolina Challenge Cup finale at Blackbaud Stadium.
The Dynamo opened the scoring in the 16th minute. Boniek Garcia chipped a clever ball to the penalty spot, where it was settled by Cam Weaver and laid off for Giles Barnes, who slotted his shot from 15 yards for a 1-0 lead.

Just two minutes later the Battery answered with a tying goal. Forward Dane Kelly hit a shot from 25 yards that travelled through a group of players and found the netal.

Charleston goalkeeper Odishel Cooper kept the score 1-1 with several excellent saves near the end of the first half. First, he stopped a penalty kick from Brad Davis with a dive to his left. Six minutes later, Cooper made another huge save on a volley from Will Bruin.

The Battery took the lead in the 74th minute. Zach Prince drove a corner kick to the back post, where it was headed in by Savage from close range for a 2-1 Battery lead.

PORTLAND PRESEASON TOURNAMENT
PORTLAND TIMBERS 1, AIK 1

PORTLAND, Ore. – Defender Michael Harrington delivered the late equalizer and goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts made four saves as the Portland Timbers closed the 2013 preseason with a 1-1 draw against Swedish first-division club AIK before 14,968 fans in the final match of the Portland Preseason Tournament on Saturday night at JELD-WEN Field.

The Timbers put AIK under pressure the entire match, taking 22 shots and forcing AIK goalkeeper Ivan Turina to make 11 saves. But it was AIK who struck first, staking a 1-0 lead in the 28th minute on a goal by forward Henok Goitom. Portland’s pressure eventually paid off 15 minutes from time when Harrington was able to deliver the equalizer .

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES 2, FC DALLAS 1
PORTLAND, Ore. – Chris Wondolowski and Mike Fucito scored for the San Jose Earthquakes, giving them a 2-1 win over FC Dallas at Jeld-Wen Field Saturday. Jackson scored the lone goal for FC Dallas.

San Jose struck first, when Wondolowski slipped behind the FC Dallas defense and won a long ball played in from midfield by teammate Jason Hernandez. FC Dallas’ George John nearly caught up to Wondolowski on the play, but the 2012 Golden Boot winner was able to poke the ball past goalkeeper Raul Fernandez with a sliding challenge to give San Jose an early 1-0 advantage.

A full volley off the foot of Jackson struck San Jose defender Victor Bernardez and ended up in the back of the net to level the score at 1-1 in the 26th minute.

Following halftime, San Jose took its second lead of the day following an FC Dallas corner kick in the 49th minute. Michel played the kick from the flag to the near post, where Matt Hedges challenged for the ball, knocking it back outside to Michel. The Brazilian’s second cross was deflected and shot towards midfield, where second-half substitute London Woodberry challenged for the loose ball with San Jose’s Fucito. Woodberry looked to have everything under control before slipping and falling to the turf. Fucito took advantage of the miscue, walking in alone against FC Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz and finishing low to the back post.





 
 
 
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