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by Paul Kennedy, February 14th, 2013 12:05AM
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[MLS 2013 COUNTDOWN] It's early in preseason, but several MLS clubs showed mid-season form on the second day of play at the Disney World Pro Classic. Sporting Kansas City's 2-0 win over D.C. United featured a rocket from Bobby Convey. It was the Finlay-Finley show as Ethan Finlay and Ryan Finley combined for three goals in the Columbus Crew's 4-0 win over the Philadelphia Union. Italian Marco Di Vaio led the Montreal Impact to its second win with two goals in its 4-1 victory over the NASL champion Tampa Bay Rowdies, while 19-year-old Jonathan Osorio had the goal of the day in Toronto FC's 3-0 win over USL PRO's Orlando City, the host team at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

-- Soony Saad continued his solid spring for Sporting KC with the second goal against D.C. United, which started its first team.

-- A bright spot for Montreal was the play of Italian Andrea Pisanu, who joined the Impact on loan from Serie A's Bologna. He had assists on Felipe's goal and Di Vaio's second goal.

-- Finley, the rookie out of Notre Dame, opened the scoring against the Union, and Finlay, the second-year pro out of Creighton, had two goals and an assist. They might not be starters, but they could help what should be a much-improved Crew attack in 2013.

-- The Colombian-born Osorio, one of three Kia TFC Academy players who made the trip to Central Florida with the first team, came on with 10 minutes to play and scored seven minutes later after weaving his way through the Orlando defense to cap Toronto's first win of the preseason. The three-goal outburst followed a shaky first half for the TFC defense against the 2012 USL PRO regular-season champions.

On Day 1 of the Desert Diamond Cup, U.S. internationals Brad Evans and Eddie Johnson each scored first-half goals as the Seattle Sounders defeated the New England Revolution, 2-0. Mikael Silvestre, who remained in Arizona after finishing up his tryout with Portland, played the second half, coming on for another Frenchman, Djimi Traore, on trial with the Sounders for a spot at center back.

-- The New York Red Bulls came back from two goals down to tie Real Salt Lake, 2-2, in the second match at Kino Sports Complex. Ecuadoran Joao Plata was the game's star with a goal and assist for RSL.

MLS PRESEASON RESULTS:
Wednesday, Feb. 13
Columbus 4 (Finlay 2, Finley, Schoenfeld) Philadelphia 0.
Los Angeles 7 (Stephens, Gonzalez, Franklin 2, Jimenez, Rugg 2) UCLA 2 (Williams, Raynr).
Montreal
4 (Di Vaio 2, Felipe, Nyassi) Tampa Bay Rowdies 1 (Yamada).
New York 2 (Olave, Bustamante) Real Salt Lake (Plata, Grossman).
Orlando City 0 Toronto FC 3 (Morgan, Dunfield, Osorio).
Seattle 2 (Johnson, Evans) New England 0.
Sporting KC 2 (Convey, Saad) D.C. United 0.

LOS ANGELES. The Galaxy's goalkeeping corps will consist of Italian newcomer Carlo Cudicini backed by former UCLA keepers Brian Perk and Brian Rowe. Former Columbus keeper William Hesmer, selected during Stage Two of the 2012 MLS Re-Entry Draft, will not be joining the Galaxy in 2013.

SAN JOSE. Ramiro Corrales, the last remaining active player from MLS's inaugural 1996 season, will return in 2013 to the Earthquakes as a player-coach. The club record holder in appearances (238) has played 11 seasons in San Jose, including two years with the Clash in 1996 and 1997. He also played in Miami and with the MetroStars and spent three seasons in Norway. The Quakes also announced the signing of forward Mike Fucito, whose rights they acquired from Portland in January. The four-year MLS veteran has played 36 career matches for Seattle, Montreal and Portland.

MLS PRESEASON SCHEDULE:
Friday, Feb. 15
Chivas USA vs. Colorado at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nev.
Montreal vs. Philadelphia at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla.

Saturday, Feb. 16
Charleston Battery vs. Vancouver (Carolina Challenge Cup) at Blackbaud Stadium in Daniel Island, S.C.
Chicago vs. Houston (Carolina Challenge Cup) at Blackbaud Stadium in Daniel Island, S.C.
Los Angeles vs. Los Angeles Blues at Home Dept Center in Carson, Calif.
*Montreal vs. D.C. United
(Disney Pro Soccer Classic) at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Kissimmee, Fla.
*New York vs. New England (Desert Diamond Cup) at the Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Ariz.
*Orlando City SC vs. Columbus (Disney Pro Soccer Classic) at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Kissimmee, Fla.
*Philadelphia vs. Toronto FC (Disney Pro Soccer Classic) at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Kissimmee, Fla.
*Seattle vs. Real Salt Lake (Desert Diamond Cup) at the Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Ariz.
*Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Sporting KC (Disney Pro Soccer Classic) at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Kissimmee, Fla.
*Streamed on mlssoccer.com

Sunday, Feb. 17
AIK vs. FC Dallas (Portland Preseason Tournament) at Jeld-Wen Field in Portland, Ore.
Portland vs. San Jose (Portland Preseason Tournament) at Jeld-Wen Field in Portland, Ore.



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  1. Eric Dibella
    commented on: February 14, 2013 at 10:56 a.m.
    Highlights anywhere?

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