MLS preseason 2024: Forsberg debuts with assist in Red Bulls rout

Preseason recap 1.20.24

After Lionel Messi and Inter Miami CF kicked off the 2024 MLS preseason Friday evening in El Salvador, three more clubs were in action on Saturday.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1, Diósgyőri VTK 0

Vancouver Whitecaps FC earned their first victory of preseason camp, knocking off Hungarian top-flight side Diósgyőri VTK, 1-0, at the Marbella Football Center in Spain.

Nicolas Fleuriau Chateau, the club’s third-round selection (74th overall) in the 2024 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas, scored the lone goal in the 65th minute, collecting a rebound inside the box and finishing far post.


  • 65’ - VAN - Nicolas Fleuriau Chateau


  • 1H: Yohei Takaoka - Mathías Laborda, Ranko Veselinović, Tristan Blackmon, Ryan Raposo - Sebastian Berhalter, Andrés Cubas, Alessandro Schöpf - Damir Kreilach - Levonte Johnson, Ryan Gauld
  • 2H: Isaac Boehmer - Javain Brown, Buster Sjöberg, Belal Halbouni, Darko Ilic - Eliot Goldthorp, Jeevan Badwal, J.C. Ngando - Lowell Wright - Jay Herdman, Nicolas Fleuriau Chateau

Sporting Kansas City 4, Florida International University 1

Sporting Kansas City overpowered their first preseason opponent in Miami, toppling Florida International University by a 4-1 scoreline.

Dániel Sallói, Willy Agada, Johnny Russell and Stephen Afrifa all found the back of the net for SKC in a friendly divided into two 30-minute halves.


  • 4’ - SKC - Dániel Sallói
  • 23' - SKC - Willy Agada
  • 40' - SKC - Johnny Russell
  • 52' - SKC - Stephen Afrifa
  • 55' - FIU - Eduardo Mustre


  • 1H: John Pulskamp - Jake Davis, Robert Castellanos, Robert Voloder, Tim Leibold - Danny Flores, Felipe Hernández, Erik Thommy - Marinos Tzionis, Alenis Vargas (Willy Agada), Dániel Sallói
  • 2H: Tim Melia - Nati Clarke, Chris Rindov, Andreu Fontàs, Zorhan Bassong - Nemanja Radoja, Rémi Walter, Ethan Bryant - Johnny Russell, Khiry Shelton, Stephen Afrifa

New York Red Bulls 6, Florida Gulf Coast University 0

High-profile winter signing Emil Forsberg made his first appearance in a New York Red Bulls uniform, notching an assist on the third goal of a 6-0 rout of Florida Gulf Coast University.

Fellow Designated Player Dante Vanzeir netted a brace, as did Elias Manoel, while Julian Hall and Mohammed Sofo also got on the scoresheet at IMG Academy.


  • RBNY - Julian Hall
  • RBNY - Dante Vanzeir
  • RBNY - Dante Vanzeir
  • RBNY - Mohammed Sofo
  • RBNY - Elias Manoel
  • RBNY - Elias Manoel


  • RBNY starting XI: Carlos Coronel - Dylan Nealis, Sean Nealis, Aidan O'Connor, Omar Valencia - Daniel Edelman, Peter Stroud, Emil Forsberg - Julian Hall, Ibrahim Kasule, Dante Vanzeir