Trotting out an entirely different starting lineup for its second game at the Disney Pro Soccer Classic, Sporting Kansas City walked off the pitch with the same result Sunday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World in Orlando.
Two days after a scoreless draw against the Houston Dynamo, Sporting KC finished at 1-1 with the expansion Montreal Impact, a result that ensures the club will not play for the event championship regardless of Wednesday’s outcome against the Vancouver Whitecaps.
opted to rest most of Sporting KC’s returning starters.
“We want to see everybody in action,” Vermes said, “so this was an opportunity for the newer guys and a couple trialists as well.”
ForwardSoony Saad had a golden opportunity to stake Sporting KC to the lead in the 30th minute. Rookie Dom Dwyer, who the club selected in the first round of the MLS SuperDraft, won a clearance just shy of midfield and headed the ball directly into the Impact’s penalty box and into Saad’s path, where he was dragged down from behind by defender Hassoun Camara
But Saad poked the ensuing penalty kick off the left post, leaving the game scoreless.
Montreal’sAndrew Wenger, who was the No. 1 overall pick in last month’s SuperDraft, blew past Sporting KC’s Cyprian Hedrick
on a ball over the top in the 37th minute.
Wenger’s cross foundMike Fucito
at the back post for an easy put-away and a 1-0 halftime lead.
During the second half, Saad pulled Sporting KC even by slipping a feed fromMichael Thomas between goalkeeper Evan Bush’s
legs in the 70th minute.
“I’m really glad we were able to play this game with this group of guys because it was pretty evident that they were rough around the edges with the system and style of play,” Vermes said. “We made some adjustments at halftime with buildup and width, and I thought that group made some big strides in the second half.”