D.C. United and the Montreal Impact played to a 1-1 draw this afternoon in the final match of group play in the Disney Pro Soccer Classic. Trialist Kyle Porter improved his chances of making United’s squad with a well taken goal in the 85th minute to level the match after a wonder bicycle kick goal from Montreal’s Andrea Pisanu in the 16th minute.
With the draw, Montreal moves on to the Championship match next weekend of the Disney Pro Soccer Classic to face most likely the Columbus Crew who have been runaway leaders of their group so far this week.
The draw for United will put them in either the 3rd Place or 5th Place match next weekend depending on the result of the Sporting Kansas City/Tampa Bay Rowdies match later this evening. A draw or a loss by Sporting will put United in the 3rd place match.
Montreal took the lead in the 16th minute on a breathtaking finish from Italian import Andrea Pisanu. Pisanu, on loan to Montreal from Serie A squad Bologna, took advantage of a deflected cross off the back of United defender Daniel Woolard and biked his shot over Bill Hamid for the lead.
United, starting the same squad from Wednesday night’s 2-0 loss to Sporting Kansas City, pressed on and created a few half-chances but the teams went to the locker room with Montreal leading 1-0.
After the break United started piling on the pressure yet very few chances came of their good possession play. Chris Pontius had a shot blister over the bar from 18-yards out just past the hour mark right before Ben Olsen made a complete changeover with his squad in the 76th minute.
Even with a mostly entire new team on the field, it didn’t take long for the Black-and-Red to equalize. In the 85th minute, the Impact were lax in an easy defensive clearance and United too full advantage. Porter beat the unsuspecting Montreal Impact to the bouncing ball from the failed clearance and it found it’s way to fellow trialist Marcos Sanchez. The Panamanian scuffed a pass into the path of United young Designated Player Rafael and his toe-poke fell into the path of Porter. The Canadian unleashed a rocket just inside the penalty area with his weaker right foot and the ball flew past former United goalkeeper Troy Perkins to level the match at 1-1.
The remainder of the match was played out without any real chances from both sides.
United will have to wait and see whom their opponent will be next Saturday afternoon. In the meantime, United will play a match against the Philadelphia Union midweek before wrapping up their preseason journey in Orlando next Saturday.
United will then return to the DC area for a few days before heading off to Houston to play their MLS regular season opener on March 2nd.