Sporting KC

Sporting rips Fluminense under-23 team

Updated: 2014-02-23T01:06:30Z

By TODD ENGLE

Special to The Star

Sporting Kansas City continued its unbeaten preseason with a 3-0 victory Saturday against Fluminense FC U23 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Kissimmee, Fla.

Sporting Kansas City, 3-0-1, improved to 2-0 in the group stage of the Disney Pro Soccer Classic. It will play Montreal Impact on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the final match of the group stage.

Paulo Nagamura scored twice, and Jimmy Medranda added a goal to round out the scoring.

The game was delayed nearly an hour by inclement weather, and the rain didn’t stop once it finally got underway.

“It was a good day. … I thought the team we played that’s a good representation of the style Cruz Azul would give us. It’s good to have a style like that,” coach Peter Vermes said.

Medranda’s play was a bright spot.

“I the second half he managed things a lot better and he gave us some good opportunities,” Vermes said. “He’s always on the front foot when he gets the ball and that keeps defenders on their heels.”

Fluminense FC is based out of Rio de Janeiro. Cruz Azul is Sporting KC’s quarterfinal opponent in the CONCACAF Champions League tournament.

“They weren’t ready for our pressure to be honest. They were surprised we pressed the game the way we did and overall it got a little difficult for them over the 90 minutes,” Vermes said.

| Todd Engle, Special to The Star

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