MLS Preseason tracker: Matches, highlights, scores & news updates as they happen (February 2)
The first full weekend of the preseason rolled on with a pair of early Sunday matches. Catch all the other news and updates from MLS training camps below. And for the entire February preseason, schedule click here.
CASCIO CONNECTS: Earlier this month, Colorado winger Tony Cascio became the first MLS player ever involved in an intra-league loan. How'd he celebrate? How about by scoring in his first game in orange -- against his old team, no less. Cascio and Giles Barnes netted for the Dynamo, but youngsters Dillon Serna, DeShorn Brown and Gabriel Torres more than made up for it in a 3-2 Colorado win in Houston on Sunday.
Oh, and Coloradans: No need to worry that this will become a regular feature. As part of the loan agreement, Cascio can't suit up against the Rapids in regular season, playoffs or US Open Cup play.
ROOKIE ON THE MARK: Giuseppe Gentile got off to as good a start to his pro career as he could have hoped for, notching the only goal of the Chicago Fire's 1-0 win over Florida Gulf Coast University down in Ave Maria, Fla. And in keeping with Fire preseason tradition, veteran defender Hunter Jumper earned himself an early red card and shower.
THEY'RE IN: The Seattle Sounders have been as fired up for the Super Bowl as just about any group can be -- which makes sense, given that they share not only a stadium and owners, but training facilities and daily practice schedules with the Seahawks. Here's a support video they put together.
JAMAICAN SENSATION: While the support for the Broncos doesn't appear to be as organized in MLS quarters, it's still there. Veteran RSL defender Nat Borchers drops the Rocky Mountain Cup rivalry for just one afternoon to show some love for the AFC champs (and you'll have to forgive him, RSL fans -- he grew up in Pueblo, after all):
— Nat Borchers (@natborchers) February 2, 2014
MORE FUN, MORE SUN: The Revs are in Florida, so why not do some Florida things? No better way to spend an off day than heading to the beach:
GROWING THE NEXT GENERATION: The Columbus Crew are down in Florida, and while they didn't get any beach time in, they did manage to strengthen some ties with one of their brightest academy prospects. Midfielder George Braima is down in Bradenton with the US U-17s, and got to know the Crew:
THE BIG GAME AND CHARITY: Montreal Impact defender Jeb Brovsky is one of the league's most outspoken and dedicated humanitarians. So when his hometown team made the Super Bowl, he saw it as yet another opportunity to do some good:
— Impact de Montréal (@impactmontreal) February 2, 2014