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Posted by on Feb 8, 2013 in Columbus Crew, DC United, MLS, Montreal Impact, NASL, Orlando City, Philadelphia Union, Recent, Sporting Kansas City, Tampa Bay Rowdies, Toronto FC, USL PRO | 0 comments

Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic 2013

Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic 2013

 

History:

The Disney Pro Classic is played at Walt Disney World’s Wide World of Sports Complex. The tournament was founded in 2010 with four teams participating, they were FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo, the New York Red Bulls, and Toronto FC. Since 2010, the tournament has grown and welcomed clubs from outside MLS including teams from the NASL, USL PRO, and a club from Sweden.

In 2011, Orlando City replaced the New York Red Bulls adding some local flavor to the pre season tournament, Orlando City upset Toronto FC in a consolation match. Last year’s edition of the tournament changed the format knockout to two four-team groups stages followed by a championship day. The 2012 participants were host club Orlando City,  FC Dallas, Toronto FC, Houston Dynamo, Montreal Impact, Sporting Kansas City, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, and BK Hacken of Sweden’s Allsvenskan.

Past Champions:

2010- New York Red Bulls defeated Toronto 4-0

2011- FC Dallas defeated Houston Dynamo 5-3 on penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw

2012- Vancouver Whitecaps FC defeated Toronto FC 1-0

 

2013 Participants:

Group A:

Orlando City

Toronto FC

Philadelphia Union

Columbus Crew

Group B:

D.C. United

Montreal Impact

Sporting Kansas City

Tampa Bay Rowdies

In this year’s edition of the Disney Pro Soccer Classic we will see some new clubs participating. New participants include NASL’s Tampa Rowdies along with D.C. United, Columbus Crew, and the Philadelphia Union. The format for the tournament will be same as 2012, a group stage followed by a championship day based on the standings.

There are some very interesting matches this year. Philadelphia will look to avenge a defeat to Orlando City in last year’s pre season and start a succesful first full season with head coach John Hackworth. Toronto FC would like to claim victory against Orlando City after being defeated by them in 2011. D.C United will take to the fields at Disney World for the first time against Tampa Rowdies who made the short trip up I-4 for the first time.

 

Schedule:

Saturday, February 9, 2013
Session 1
1:00 p.m. Columbus Crew vs. Toronto FC  
3:00 p.m. Montreal Impact vs. Sporting Kansas City
 
Session 2
6:00 p.m. Orlando City Soccer Club vs. Philadelphia Union  
8:00 p.m. D.C. United vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies

 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Session 3
1:00 p.m. Philadelphia Union vs. Columbus Crew  
3:00 p.m. Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Montreal Impact
 
Session 4
6:00 p.m. Sporting Kansas City vs. D.C. United  
8:00 p.m. Toronto FC vs. Orlando City Soccer Club

 

Saturday, February 16, 2013
Session 5
1:00 p.m. Montreal Impact vs. D.C. United  
3:00 p.m. Philadelphia Union vs. Toronto FC
 
Session 6
6:00 p.m. Orlando City Soccer Club vs. Columbus Crew  
8:00 p.m. Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Sporting Kansas City

 

Saturday, February 23, 2013 Pro Soccer Classic Championship Day
Session 7
1:00 p.m. Consolation Game  
3:00 p.m. Consolation Game
 
Session 8
6:00 p.m. Consolation Game  
8:00 p.m. Championship Game

 

Matches will be televised on ESPN 3