25 February 2012

Disney Day 1: Quick hits

I'm exhausted after the first day of this year's Disney Pro Soccer Classic, so I'll just give a brief recap and add the boxscores from today's games. I'll try to post later on the whole experience of the day.

The first game was a rematch of last year's Eastern Conference final, but it was a very different encounter. Kansas City controlled play but created limited chances in a scoreless tie against Houston. The Dynamo got good news in a late appearance from Brad Davis, his first of the preseason, but were outplayed at times by a sharp, fit Kansas City squad. Still, that bend-but-don't-break Houston defense held out for another shutout. Bobby Boswell and Geoff Cameron are tough to break down. Sporting seemed to take the opening game more seriously than any other team, playing every starter available except one (Julio Cesar) and using only three substitutes. Houston played four-fifths of its starting defense and kept the back line on the whole game but used five subs in the offensive half.

The second game came to life after about 15 minutes, and Vancouver wound up with a well-deserved 3-0 win over Montreal. The Impact, playing their first gated game as an expansion club, competed hard but were outclassed in a chippy game. These teams used almost their entire rosters, so the second half got a bit hectic, but Vancouver put together some quality goals. The downside was injuries - Davide Chiumiento and John Thorrington both left hurt, with Thorrington looking particularly devastated at the prospect of yet another serious injury.

Boxscores from both games after the jump

Houston Dynamo (0-0-1) vs. Sporting Kansas City (0-0-1)
February 24, 2012 – ESPN Wide World of Sports, Orlando, FL

Scoring Summary: 

Houston Dynamo -- Tally Hall, Warren Creavalle, Bobby Boswell, Geoff Cameron, Corey Ashe, Alex Dixon (Emerson Sato 67), Adam Moffat, Luiz Camargo (Brian Ownby 76), Colin Clark (Brad Davis 77), Brian Ching (Macoumba Kandji 61), Will Bruin (Cam Weaver 71).
Substitutes Not Used: Calen Carr, Nathan Sturgis, Colin Rolfe, Josue Soto, Tyler Deric, Erich Marscheider, Andre Hainault, Eder Arreola, Oscar Recio.

Sporting Kansas City -- Jimmy Nielsen, Chance Myers, Aurelien Collin, Matt Besler, Seth Sinovic, Luke Sassano (Paulo Nagamura 64), Roger Espinoza, Graham Zusi, Kei Kamara, C.J. Sapong (Soony Saad 78), Bobby Convey (Jacob Peterson 77).
Substitutes Not Used: Michael Harrington, Korede Aiyegbusi, Kevin Ellis, Konrad Warzycha, Lawrence Olum, Dom Dwyer, Eric Kronberg, Peterson Joseph, Sacir Hot, Jon Kempin, Cyprian Hedrick, Mozzi Gyorio, Kyle Miller, Stefan Antonijevic, Shawn Singh, Julio Cesar, Michael Thomas.

Misconduct Summary:
HOU -- Adam Moffat (caution) 81

Referee: Edvin Jurisevic
Referee's Assistants: Matthew Kreitzer; James Conlee
4th Official: Geoff Gamble
Attendance: TBA
Weather: Windy-and-80 degrees
All statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial

Vancouver Whitecaps (1-0-0) vs. Montreal Impact (0-1-0)
February 24, 2012 – ESPN Wide World of Sports, Orlando, FL

Scoring Summary:
VAN -- Eric Hassli 1 (Martin Bonjour 1) 38
VAN -- Darren Mattocks 1 (Sebastien Le Toux 1) 69
VAN -- Sebastien Le Toux 1 (penalty kick) 83

Vancouver Whitecaps -- Joe Cannon, Young-Pyo Lee (Greg Klazura 63), Martin Bonjour (Carlyle Mitchell 63), Jay DeMerit (Jordan Harvey 63), Alain Rochat, Jun Marques Davidson (Matt Watson 63), John Thorrington (Gershon Koffie 45), Atiba Harris (Michael Nanchoff 63), Davide Chiumiento (Darren Mattocks 24, Long Tan 79), Camilo (Russell Teibert 63), Eric Hassli (Sebastien Le Toux 63).
Substitutes Not Used: Michael Boxall, Lee Nguyen, Brad Knighton, Brian Sylvestre, Bilal Duckett, Caleb Clarke, Bryce Alderson, Callum Irving, Sean Melvin.

Montreal Impact -- Donovan Ricketts, Jeb Brovsky (Calum Mallace 78), Matteo Ferrari (Shavar Thomas 62), Tyson Wahl (Hassoun Camara 78, Karl Ouimette 83), Josh Gardner (Gienir Garcia 78), Davy Arnaud (Gerson Mayen 78), Patrice Bernier (Bryan Arguez 78), Felipe (Collen Warner 78), Lamar Neagle (Sinisa Ubiparipovic 60), Miguel Montano (Andrew Wenger 67), Eduardo Sebrango (Mike Fucito 71).
Substitutes Not Used: Greg Sutton, Evan Bush, Lucas Acosta, Evan James, Aaron Schoenfeld, Steven Miller.

Misconduct Summary:
VAN -- Camilo (caution) 41
VAN -- Eric Hassli (caution 42)
MON-- Davy Arnaud (caution) 42
MON -- Felipe (caution) 71
VAN -- Gershon Koffie (caution) 75

Referee: Elias Bazakos
Referee's Assistants: Kermit Quisenberry; Jason Cullum
4th Official: Silviu Petrescu
Attendance: TBA
Weather: Windy-and-80 degrees
All statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial

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