Sporting Kansas City continued its preseason work in Orlando on Wednesday with a 3-3 draw against Toronto FC. The match featured mostly reserves.
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Kansas City took an early lead off a goal by trialist Adama Mbengue. After allowing a TFC equalizer, Kansas City got a goal by Dom Dwyer and a penalty by Soony Saad to take a 3-1 lead. Toronto pulled both goals back late in the second half.
The two teams will meet again on Saturday (and then again on March 9). That match -- which should feature regulars from both teams -- is the last for KC in the Disney Pro Soccer Classic. Kickoff is at 2 p.m.
Sporting was originally slated to play Philadelphia. However, since those two teams will face off just a week later to open the regular season, the switcheroo was made. Kansas City vs. Toronto; D.C. United vs. Philadelphia.
• The U.S. U-20 men's national team are moving on to the CONCACAF U-20 championship quarterfinals thanks to Costa Rica topping Haiti 1-0 on Wednesday. The loss means Haiti finishes the three-team group stage with zero points.
The United States and Costa Rica meet on Friday. Sporting Kansas City's first-round draft pick Mikey Lopez plays for the U.S.
The quarterfinals begin next Tuesday with four semifinalists advancing to the U-20 World Cup in Turkey this summer.
• Speaking of the U.S. national team, the first home World Cup qualifier next month in Denver is sold out.
Pretty sure it will be the first time the words "sell out crowd" and "Dick's Sporting Goods Park" have been uttered in the same sentence in a while.
• Former Kansas City goalkeeper Will Hesmer announced his retirement from the Columbus Crew on Tuesday. He missed all of last year after undergoing hip surgery and lost his job to Overland Park native Andy Gruenebaum. For his part, Gruenebaum is looking to improve in 2013 on his stellar campaign last year.