Disney Classic: Convey, Saad lead SKC's 2-0 win over DC
Sporting KC 2, D.C. United 0
Bobby Convey opened the scoring for Sporting KC and Soony Saad closed it out as Peter Vermes’ side hung a 2-0 defeat on Eastern Conference rivals D.C. United on Wednesday evening in the Disney Pro Soccer Classic in Orlando.
Convey’s goal came in the 74th minute when he got the ball wide on the left, then cut inside and rifled home a shot from 18 yards. After the goal Vermes made wholesale changes, bringing out what was largely a First XI squad for a collection of youngsters and reserves looking to earn playing time.
Saad probably made the best case, picking up his second goal of the preseason on a neatly timed run from the central channel in the 81st minute. The youngster beat the D.C. offside trap to slot home a through ball from Peterson Joseph, who also impressed in his time in central midfield.
Both teams stand at 1-1-0 in the tournament. Sporting had previously dropped a 2-1 decision to Montreal, while United had crushed Tampa Bay 4-0 on Matchday 1.
Matchday 3 of the tournament kicks off at 1 pm on Saturday as United face the Impact, while SKC will take on the Rowdies in the nightcap.
Toronto FC 3, Orlando City SC 0
Orlando City kept it close for 50 minutes, but Ryan Nelsen's newly rebuilt Toronto FC team ended up blowing things open just on the other side of halftime, banging home three unanswered goals to turn a scoreless stalemate into a 3-0 rout.
Supplemental draft pick Taylor Morgan opened the floodgates in the 53rd minute, taking a slip pass from Luis Silva before rounding the 'keeper for the 1-0 lead. Morgan, a big center forward from England, put in a good shift up top and used his size to his team's advantage throughout.
It was veteran Terry Dunfield who made it 2-0 19 minutes later, stepping up to convert a penalty after a handball in the box.
But the goal of the night was left to youngster Nicholas Osorio, a TFC Academy product who's attempting to earn a professional contract. He'll have given Nelsen plenty to think about on Wednesday, as he danced through the entire Orlando defense before slotting home the evening's final tally.
TFC move to 1-1-0 on the tournament, while OCSC fall to 0-1-1. Toronto face Philadelphia on Saturday at 3 pm ET, while Orlando will take on Columbus at 6 pm ET.
Montreal Impact 4, Tampa Bay Rowdies 1
Marco Di Vaio scored two first-half goals and Felipe Martins added one of his own as the Impact won their second game of the Disney Pro Soccer Classic with a 4-1 victory over the Rowdies.
Di Vaio scored on a penalty kick in the 17th minute and then added a second goal in the 42nd minute off an assist from recent loan acquisition Andrea Pisanu for the Impact, giving him three goals in two games in the tournament. Di Vaio also scored a goal during the team’s 2-1 win over Sporting Kansas City last Saturday.
Martins scored in the second minute off an assist from Pisanu, who joined the club on a one-year loan from Serie A side Bologna last month.
Sanna Nyassi finished the scoring with a goal in the 66th minute for Montreal off an assist from Andrés Romero.
Takuya Yamada scored on a 38th-minute penalty kick for the defending NASL champion Rowdies, who are winless so far in two games in the tournament.
Columbus Crew 4, Philadelphia Union 0
The pairing of Ethan Finlay and Ryan Finley could be an absolute nightmare for all copy editors dealing with the Columbus Crew this season, but will they be equally terrifying for opposing defenders?
They got off to a good start on Wednesday, with second-year pro Finlay scoring twice and the rookie Finley adding another as the Crew rolled past the Philadelphia Union 4-0 in the teams’ second game of the Disney Pro Soccer Classic.
Finlay added an assist on a goal for Aaron Schoenfeld in the second half as the Crew pulled away for their second win in as many games in the tournament. They topped Toronto FC in the opener last Saturday.
Finley scored the first goal in the 28th minute off an assist from forward Justin Meram before Finlay padded the lead in the 40th minute. Finlay added a second goal in the 52nd minute off an assist from Eddie Gaven before Schoenfeld finished off the scoring in the 53rd minute.
The Crew return to action on Saturday against host Orlando City, while the Union eye their first win of the tournament when they face Toronto FC the same day.
Check out the complete schedule of the Disney Pro Soccer Classic games streamed live on MLSsoccer.com.