MLS preseason 2023: Philadelphia top Austin, Miami & Vancouver meet international foes

2023 MLS preseason recap - 1.21.23 - option 2

The 2023 MLS preseason had its busiest day yet on Saturday, as clubs put their early-look rosters to the test against both domestic and international competition.

Here's how the day's action shook out.

Austin FC 2, Philadelphia Union 3

The Philadelphia Union beat Austin FC 3-2 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida to open the clubs' respective preseasons.

Philadelphia came from behind twice in the back-and-forth match, first on a set piece headed home by captain Alejandro Bedoya and then on a quick-reaction rebound strike from Jesús Bueno. Chris Donovan gave the Union the final lead with a breakaway finish in the 80th minute.

Julio Cascante and 2023 MLS SuperDraft pick Valentin Noel nabbed goals for Austin, twice giving the Verde & Black leads they were unable to keep.


  • ATX – Julio Cascante
  • PHI – Alejandro Bedoya
  • ATX – Valentin Noel
  • PHI – Jesús Bueno
  • PHI – Chris Donovan


  • PHI starting XI: Matt Freese - Kai Wagner, Jack Elliott, Jakob Glesnes, Olivier Mbaizo - Jack McGlynn, Leon Flach, Daniel Gazdag, Alejandro Bedoya - Mikael Uhre, Julian Carranza
  • PHI second XI: Holden Trent - Matt Real, Brandan Craig, Gino Portella, Nathan Harriel - Jose Martinez, Andrés Perea, Jesús Bueno, Jeremy Rafanello - Quinn Sullivan, Chris Donovan
  • ATX starting XI: Not available

Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1, Wolfsberger AC 2

Vancouver closed out the European portion of their 2023 preseason with a 2-1 loss to Austrian Bundesliga side Wolfsberger AC in San Pedro de Alcántara, Spain.

The Whitecaps started the match brightly, with a whipped-in cross from Pedro Vite to Cristian Dájome nearly giving them an eighth-minute lead. In the 23rd minute, Dájome broke through on a cool finish off an Ali Ahmed sliding cross.

A fully rotated second-half lineup saw the 'Caps concede twice to fall 2-1.


  • 23' - VAN - Cristian Dájome
  • 56' - WAC - Tai Baribo
  • 77' - WAC - Mario Leitgeb


  • VAN starting XI: Isaac Boehmer - Ryan Raposo, Mathías Laborda, Tristan Blackmon, Ali Ahmed - Alessandro Schöpf, Andrés Cubas, Russell Teibert - Pedro Vite, Ryan Gauld, Cristian Dájome
  • VAN second XI: Max Anchor - Javain Brown, Karifa Yao, Salif Sané, Luis Martins - Sebastian Berhalter, Vasco Fry, Jay Herdman - Levonte Johnson, Joe Hanson, Simon Becher

Nashville SC 0, New York Red Bulls 1

Cristian Cásseres Jr. handled the finish off a Lewis Morgan assist and the New York Red Bulls took a first-half lead to the end, defeating Nashville 1-0 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.


  • RBNY - Cristian Cásseres Jr.


  • NSH starting XI: Joe Willis - Dan Lovitz, Walker Zimmerman, Jack Maher, Alex Muyl - Sean Davis, Aníbal Godoy - Randall Leal, Hany Mukhtar, Jacob Shaffelburg - CJ Sapong
  • NSH second XI: Ben Martino - Taylor Washington, Ahmed Longmire, Josh Bauer, Laurence Wyke, Brian Anunga, Dax McCarty, Luke Haakenson, Fafà Picault, Ethan Zubak, Teal Bunbury
  • RBNY starting XI: Carlos Coronel - John Tolkin, Sean Nealis, Andrés Reyes, Dylan Nealis - Dru Yearwood, Frankie Amaya, Cristian Cásseres Jr., Lewis Morgan, Luquinhas - Cory Burke

Portland Timbers 1, Sporting Kansas City 0

A slick overhead goal from Nathan Fogaça accounted for all the scoring in a 1-0 victory for the Portland Timbers over Sporting Kansas City in Phoenix, Arizona.

The 23-year-old Brazilian notched the eventual game-winner just before the halftime whistle, alertly pouncing on a ball that was headed back across the penalty area and converting a quality finish.


  • 45' - POR - Nathan Fogaça


  • POR starting XI: David Bingham - Juan Mosquera, Dario Zuparic, Bill Tuiloma, Justin Rasmussen - Eryk Williamson, Cristhian Paredes - Yimmi Chara, Santiago Moreno, Jaroslaw Niezgoda
  • POR second XI: David Bingham - Pablo Bonilla, Zac McGraw, Tyler Clegg, Julian Bravo - Diego Chara, Noel Caliskan - Dawson McCartney, Selmir Miscic, Diego Gutierrez - Nathan Fogaça
  • SKC starting XI: John Pulskamp - Kayden Pierre, Chris Rindov, Andreu Fontas, Ben Sweat - Danny Flores, Remi Walter, Roger Espinoza - Johnny Russell, Willy Agada, Daniel Salloi

Inter Miami CF 0, Vasco da Gama 3

Lopsided loss aside, Inter Miami's preseason opener served to introduce the club faithful to shiny new acquisition Josef Martínez. The Atlanta United legend, who joined the Herons this week following a contract buyout, was unveiled during a special halftime ceremony at DRV PNK Stadium.

Fans were also treated to an entertaining, back-and-forth affair that ultimately went in favor of the historic Brazilian side.


  • VDG - Nenê
  • VDG - Alex Teixeira
  • VDG - Lucas Figueredo


  • MIA starting XI: Drake Callender - Noah Allen, Chris McVey, Damion Lowe, DeAndre Yedlin - Gregore, Rodolfo Pizarro, Robert Taylor, Corentin Jean - Ariel Lassiter, Leonardo Campana
  • VDG starting XI: Ivan, Rodríguez, Miranda, Léo, Lucas Piton, Zé Gabriel, Jair, Nenê, Gabriel Pec, Eguinaldo, Pedro Raul