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Crew romps over Sporting KC in championship game
by Ridge Mahoney, March 2nd, 2014 1:10AM

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[MLS PRESEASON: Disney Pro Classic] Like D.C. United, Chicago and Vancouver at the three other tournaments, Columbus, a team that failed to reach the playoffs last year, ended its preseason campaign with a title on Saturday. Jario Arrieta, Bernardo Anor, Justin Meram and Federico Higuain rang up four goals for the Crew, which took the Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic with a 4-1 win over Sporting Kansas City in the championship game.

Columbus raced out to a 4-0 lead before Claudio Bieler netted for Sporting KC in the final minutes. The Crew completed the Disney tournament with a 3-0-1 record and finished the preseason undefeated. SKC fell for the first time in preseason and completes the preparation phase for defense of its title with a 8-1-1 record.

Michael Bradley scored his first goal of preseason for Toronto FC, but it slumped to a 4-2 loss to Brazilian club Fluminense's U-23 team and finished last at the Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic. After the game, it was announced that Bradley withdrew from the U.S. national team for its game against Ukraine because of a "minor issue."

Toronto FC will have two weeks to prepare for its MLS opener as it is off next weekend. Jermain Defoe is expected to join the team next week, and Gilberto, the third DP signing, has been injured.

Orlando City played its second straight 4-4 tie with an MLS opponent, drawing with the New York Red Bulls to share third place after they elected to skip the shootout. The USL PRO champs, who will join MLS in 2015, tied Columbus by the same score on Wednesday.

Philadelphia won a shootout over Montreal to take fifth place.



March 1 in Kissimmee, Fla.
Columbus 4, Sporting Kansas City 1. Goals: Arrieta 20, Anor 69, Meram 74, Higuain 84; Bieler 87.
Columbus -- Clark; Williams, Gonzalez, Parkhurst, Francis; Jimenez, Trapp, Tchani, Anor; Higuain, Arrieta (Meram 64).
Sporting KC -- Kronberg; Myers (Jerome 66), Collin (Opara 66), Besler (Palmer-Brown 66), Sinovic (Gardner 7); Rosell (Olum 66), Nagamura (Feilhaber 46), Bieler; Zizzo (Peterson 61), Dwyer, Zusi (Gabeljic 66).

March 1 in Kissimmee, Fla.
Orlando City 4 New York 4. Goals: Hertzog 7, Chin 47, Mbengue 76, Molino 85; Wright-Phillips 28, 50, Sekagya 68, Steele 78.
Orlando City -- Gallardo, Trafford, Valentino, Boden, Turner (Cyrus 48), O’Connor (Pulis 57), Alvarez, Da Luz (Mbengue 57), Ceren, Molino, Hertzog (Chin 46)
New York -- Robles; Duvall (Eckersley 59), Armando, Sekagya, Kimura (Convey 46), Sam, Alexander (Boyer 86), McCarty, Steele, Luyindula, Wright-Phillips (Akpan 78).

March 1 in Kissimmee, Fla.
Toronto FC 2 Fluminense U-23 4. Goals: Bradley 26, De Rosario 36; Pablo 18, Igor Julio 35, Matheus Carvalho pen. 53, Robert 56.
Toronto FC -- Bendik; Hall (Eze 84), Caldwell, Henry, Morgan; Jackson, Bekker (Hagglund 61), Bradley, Rey (Lovitz 75); De Rosario, Wiedeman (Aparicio 46).
Fluminense U-23 – Klever, Igor Julio, Nogueira, Fabio Braga, Diego, Robert, Luiz Fernando, Rodrigo (Matheus Carvalho 44), Eduardo (Bryan 73), Marlon, Pablo.

March 1 in Kissimmee, Fla.
Philadelphia 1 Montreal 1 (Philadelphia wins 4-1 on penalties). Goals: McInerney 29; Di Vaio 80.
Philadelphia -- MacMath, Fabinho, Okugo, Berry (Wheeler 80), Gaddis, Carroll, Edu, Nogueira, Maidana (Pfeffer 85), McInerney (Cruz 72), Le Toux (Fernandes 72).
Montreal -- Perkins; Camara (Mallace 46), Lefevre, Ferrari, Miller (Pearce 76); Bernardello, Warner, Felipe (Bernier 79), Mapp, Nyassi (Romero 76); Wenger (Di Vaio 64).


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