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Orlando City puts on show at Disney
by Paul Kennedy, February 26th, 2014 8:41PM
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[MLS 2014 COUNTDOWN] Orlando City gave notice to its fans and future MLS opponents that it can serve up some exciting soccer as the USL PRO champions played the Columbus Crew to a 4-4 tie at the Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic in a match that featured four goals in the last eight minutes.

Four times, Orlando City went ahead and four times the Crew, fielding mostly reserves, equalized. Orlando made it 3-2 and then 4-3 on goals by Adama Mbengue in the 82nd minute and Dennis Chin in the 88th, but the Crew answered each time within minutes with goals from and Justin Meram and Ethan Finlay.

“We’re still growing and are trying to put this next group of players together,” said Orlando City coach Adrian Heath afterwards. “Everyone’s still not on the same page with their roles and responsibilities but some of our play was excellent.”

-- Toronto FC remained winless at the Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic when it had to settle for a 0-0 tie with Philadelphia. Brazilian national team goalkeeper Julio Cesar was back in the nets for his second appearance of the preseason since joining Toronto from Queens Park Rangers on loan.

Disney Pro Classic:
Feb. 26 in Kissimmee, Fla.
Philadelphia 0 Toronto FC 0
New York 1 Fluminense U23 0.
Orlando City 4 Columbus 4.
Sporting KC 3 Montreal 2.

Feb. 26 in Kissimmee, Fla.
Philadelphia 0 Toronto FC 0.
Philadelphia -- MacMath; Fabinho, Wheeler (Berry 59), Okugo, Williams (Gaddis 19); Carroll, Edu, Maidana (Cruz 68), Nogueira; Le Toux (Fernandes 74), McInerney.
Toronto FC – Julio Cesar; Hagglund, Caldwell, Henry, Morrow (Morgan 46); Jackson (Lambe 79), Osorio, Bradley, Rey (Aparicio 84); Wiedeman, De Rosario (Bekker 70)

Feb. 26 in Kissimmee, Fla.
New York 1 Fluminense U-23 0. Goal: Ruben Bover 74.
New York -- Meara (Castano 70), Kimura (Duvall 70), Olave (Miazga 68), Armando (Sekagya 68), Miller (Oyongo 70), Sam (Lade 70), Alexander (Bustamante 68), McCarty (Bover 68), Steele (Obekop 70), Wright-Phillips (Akpan 72), Henry (Luyindula 72).
Fluminense U-23 -- Klever, Igor Juliao, Nogueira, Fabio Braga (Matheus Carvalho 83), Diego, Robert (Joao 83), Luiz Fernando, Rodrigo, Eduardo, Marlon, Bryan (Pablo 59).

Feb. 26 in Kissimmee, Fla.
Orlando City 4 Columbus 4. Goals: Ceren 30, Molino 52, Mbengue 83, Chin 88; Finley 42, Finlay 76, 90, Meram 86.
Orlando City -- Gallardo (Woszczynski 46), Valentino (Trafford 46), Howard, Boden, Trialist (Cyrus 46), O’Connor, Alvarez, Molino, Da Luz (Mbengue 46), Ceren, Hertzog (Chin 46)
Columbus -- Stuver (Withrow 75), Williams (Barson 64), Slogic (George 64), Gehrig, Wahl (Friedman 73), Oduro (Finlay 64), Baiden, Viana, Meram, Speas (Walker 64), Finley (Bedell 64).

Feb. 26 in Kissimmee, Fla.
Sporting KC 3 Montreal 1. Goals: Dwyer 9, 43, Zizzo 76; Nyassi 1, Felipe 30.
Sporting KC -- Kempin; Myers, Collin, Besler, Sinovic; Rosell, Feilhaber, Medranda (Martinez 70); Zizzo, Dwyer  Zusi.
Montreal -- Bush; Camara (Miller 46), Lefevre (Mallace 46), Ferrari (Ouimette 46), Pearce (Tissot 46); Bernardello (Gagnon-Lapare 84), Warner (Bernier 58), Nyassi (Smith 63), Felipe (Romero 58), Mapp (Gonzalez 75); Wenger (Di Vaio 46)
DESERT DIAMOND CUP. Chivas USA remained unbeaten in preseason with a 4-0-3 record thanks to a 0-0 tie with Colorado that was enough to edge the Rapids for second place at the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup. Chicago had already clinched a berth in the final against Guadalajara's sub-20 team thanks to its two wins in its first two games. The Fire fell to New England, 1-0, on Wednesday when Kelyn Rowe scored in stoppage time.

Host FC Tucson, which fell to Real Salt Lake, 3-1, will drop out of the tournament and make way for the Chivas representative. Real Salt Lake will play Chivas USA, and New England Revolution will play Colorado in Saturday's first two games.

New England acquired Japanese midfielder Daigo Kobayashi from Vancouver for a fourth-round pick in the 2016 SuperDraft. Kobayashi, 31, appeared in 30 games for Vancouver in 2013 but did not have his option picked up. He signed a new MLS contract to join the Revolution.

Desert Diamond Cup:
Feb. 26 in Tucson, Ariz.
Chivas USA 0 Colorado 0.
New England 1 Chicago 0.
FC Tucson 1 Real Salt Lake 3.

Feb. 26 in Tucson, Ariz.
Chivas USA 0 Colorado 0.
Chivas USA --
Kennedy (Trialist 46), Ribeiro, Nwiloh, Okiomah, Toia, Delgado, de la Fuente (Bautista 60), Borja, Trialist, Calvert (Trialist 71), Tyrpak
Colorado -- Nasco (Berner 62); Edward (Sturgis 62), Watts (Moor 62), Van De Casteele (Wynne 62), Klute (Serna 46); Guzman (Jose Mari 62), Hairston (LaBrocca 62); Eloundou (Chavez 46), Sanchez (Powers 46), Torres (Galindo 71); Buddle (Brown 46).

Feb. 26 in Tucson, Ariz.
New England 1 Chicago 0. Goal: Rowe 91+.
Chicago -- S.Johnson (Reynish 46); Palmer (Piermayr 46), Hurtado (Kinney 46), Soumare (Ianni 46), Segares (Jumper 46); Larentowicz (Pause 46); Joya (Pineda 46), Alex (Atouba 46), Shipp (Gentile 46), Duka (Franco 46); Anangono (Amarikwa 46)
New England -- Knighton, Smith (Tierney 61), Sanchez, Barnes (Soares 61), Woodbine (Goncalves 61, Barnes 63) , Dorman (Larrea 46, Joseph 61, Larrea 75), Imbongo (J.Johnson 46, Fagundez 61), Neumann, Sundly (Rowe 61), Omanga (Mullins 61), Bengtson (Bunbury 61).

Feb. 26 in Tucson, Ariz.
FC Tucson 1 Real Salt Lake 3. Goals: Antoniuk 59; Saborio 24, 45, Maund 44.
FC Tucson -- D'Arrigo (Rodriguez 46); Acosta (Rincon 76), Smith, Carter, Kelly; Reyna (Farnworth 86), Hamer (Robinson 46), Galbraith-Knapp (Silveira 86), Phillips (Gracia 46); Romero (Montes 34), Antoniuk (Schmidt 77).
Real Salt Lake -- Attinella; Balchan (Neil 46), Schuler (Watson-Siriboe 67), Maund, Mansally (Glad 81); Grossman (Dillon 76); Mulholland (Mares 63), Stertzer; Allen; Garcia (Lopez 65), Saborio
CAROLINA CHALLENGE CUP. The Seattle Sounders remained unbeaten at 5-0-2 over the first seven matches of the 2014 preseason thanks to a 1-1 tie with the Houston Dynamo at the Carolina Challenge Cup. Nigerian Obafemi Martin's header late in the half drew the Sounders even with Houston, which had taken the lead on a Brad Davis goal.

In the nightcap, defender Drew Ruggles scored in the 90th minute to give the host Charleston Battery a 1-1 draw in the annual Coffee Pot Cup with D.C. United, which had scored in the 71st minute, a minute after bringing on the first team, on a Luis Silva free kick that was deflected by midfielder Davy Arnaud.

Carolina Challenge Cup:
Feb. 26 in Charleston, S.C.
Seattle 1 Houston 1
Charleston Battery 1 D.C. United 1.

Feb. 26 in Charleston, S.C.
Seattle 1 Houston 1. Goals: Martins 44; Davis 14.
Seattle -- Frei, Yedlin (Ockford 46), Marshall (Anibaba 46), Scott (Lowe 46), Gonzalez (Remick 46), Okoli (Bowen 46, Estrada 81), Alonso (Evans 46), Pineda (Azira 46), Caskey (Pappa 46), Neagle (Weaver 46, Barrett 81), Martins (Parsemain 46).
Houston -- Hall (Deric 46), Sarkodie (Arena 46), Brunner (Horst 46), Taylor (Cochran 46), Ashe (Chabala 46), Cascio (Ownby 46), Clark (Lopez 46), Garcia (Johnson 46), Davis (Driver 46), Barnes (Cummings 46), Bruin (Sherrod 46).

Feb. 26 in Charleston, S.C.
Charleston Battery 1 D.C. United 1. Goals: Ruggles 90; Silva 71.
Charleston -- Shannon, Griffith (Teos 65), Falvey, Ferguson, Wilson, Sanyang, Chang, Savage, Van Schaik, Prince, Kelly (Ryan 80). Other subs: Ramos, Ruggles, Mueller, Portillo, Marini, Cordoves.
D.C. United -- Dykstra (Willis 46); Kemp (Franklin, 68), Shanosky (Parke, 68), Birnbaum (Boswell, 68), Robinson (Fernandez, 68); Porter (Kitchen, 68), Ayarna (DeLeon, 68), Jeffrey (Martin 46; Silva, 68), Munoz (Sebele 46; Arnaud, 68); Doyle (Espindola, 68), Seaton (Francois 46; Johnson, 68).
ROSE CITY INVITATIONAL. More than 10,000 fans turned out in Portland to watch the Timbers' reserves play Jamaica's Portmore United to a 1-1 tie. The Vancouver Whitecaps won its second game at the Rose City Invitational with a 2-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes. The 'Caps will win the tournament with a tie or win against the Timbers on Saturday.

TRANSFER FRONT. Vancouver acquired Argentine midfielder Matias Laba from Toronto FC in exchange for future considerations. Toronto's signing of three Designated Players -- Michael Bradley, Jermain Defoe and Gilberto -- forced its hand. Laba, 22, started in all 16 appearances he made for Toronto FC, after signing from Argentinos Juniors as a Young Designated Player in 2013.

Rose City Invitational:
Feb. 26 in Portland, Ore.
Vancouver 2 San Jose 0.
Portland 1 Portmore United 1.

Feb. 26 in Portland, Ore.
Vancouver 2 San Jose 0. Miller 26, Mattocks pen. 87.
Vancouver -- Tornaghi; Sampson, Mitchell, Leveron, Dean; Koffie, Alderson; Watson (Hurtado 62), Miller (Bustos 46), Adekugbe (Manneh 62); Salgado (Mattocks 62)
San Jose -- Busch (Bingham 46); Barklage (Cato 46), Hernandez, Sofia (Harden 46), Francis; Harris (Corrado 62), Stephenson (Braun 62), Pierazzi (Martinez 46), Garza; Schuler (Wondolowski 72), Jahn (Lenhart 72', Salinas 88')

Feb. 26 in Portland, Ore.
Portland 1 Portmore United 1. Goals: Nanchoff 75; Swaby pen. 82.
Portland -- Weber, Powell, Danso, McKenzie, Peay, Long, Nanchoff, Fochive, Tshuma, Piquionne, Villafana.
Portmore United -- McPherson, Edwards (Reed 66), Rickcardo Harriott, Manning (S.Williams 74), Rosario Harriott, D.Williams (Grandison 83), Vanzie, L.Williams (Smith 66), Morris (Nickle 83), Wilson (Currie 74), Bennett (Swaby 74).

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