Sporting KC

Sporting KC one win from title game of preseason tournament in Florida

Updated: 2014-02-26T06:59:26Z

By SAM McDOWELL

The Kansas City Star

Sporting Kansas City is one result away from playing for another championship. It just may not carry the same prominence as the last one.

The club can earn a berth into the championship match of the Disney Pro Soccer Classic with a win or tie against the Montreal Impact at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Kissimmee, Fla.

After winning its first two matches of group play, Sporting KC also has the possibility of advancing to Saturday’s championship match with a loss, depending on goal differential.

Sporting KC remains unbeaten in five exhibition matches after a 3-0 victory Saturday against the Fluminense FC under-23 squad from Brazil.

Manager Peter Vermes continues to praise the effort of some of the team’s youngest players in the preseason, and 20-year-old Jimmy Medranda was the latest example after he scored a goal against Fluminense.

“It was a good game for him to play. He gave us some very good opportunities,” Vermes said. “He’s always good at putting defenders on their heels, so from that point of view, it was very good. I thought it was a good day for him.”

While the reserves have provided quality minutes for Sporting KC, the starters continue to increase their workload in preparation for the March 8 season opener in Seattle. The first group played 75 minutes against Fluminense.

To reach Sam McDowell, 816-234-4869 or send email to smcdowell@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/SamMcDowell11.

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