Impact remain unbeaten in pre-season
The Impact remains undefeated in preseason action, tying D.C. United 1-1 (1-0 at half-time), Saturday afternoon, in its final group game of the Walt Disney Pro Soccer Classic tournament in Orlando. Midfielder Andrea Pisanu scored for the Impact, while Kyle Porter replied for D.C.
With the draw, the Impact finished the three-game group stage in top spot in group B and will play the final on Saturday, February 23, at 8pm against Columbus.
The Impact opened the score in the 16th minute on a spectacular volley from midfielder Andrea Pisanu. Following a cross from forward Marco Di Vaio, Pisanu hit the rebound, surprising goalkeeper Bill Hamid who came out of his net.
In the 85th minute, Kyle Porter scored the equalizer with a blast from just outside the box, out of the reach of Impact goalkeeper Troy Perkins.
"We defended well and for the most part, we played a solid game, but it wasn't our best game," said Impact head coach Marco Schällibaum. I'm not completely satisfied with the way we got this result. However, we have qualified for the final."
"We want to win this tournament and we are now closer to our objective," said defender Alessandro Nesta. "It will be a good test for us since Columbus is a good team. The final will be a good stepping stone for our season opener on March 2 against Seattle. I want to have a good season with the Impact and help the team in what could be my last season."