2013 Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic schedule released

If you cannot wait for the 2013 MLS season to begin, Orlando might be the place to visit in February to get your fix.

The schedule for the 2013 Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic has been released and the fourth edition of the tournament will consist of four match-days that are made up of four games a day, a source confirmed to SBI on Wednesday.

The group stage match-days will take place on Feb. 9, 13 and 16 and the Pro Soccer Classic Championship Day will be on Feb. 23.

One of the groups consists of the Columbus Crew, Philadelphia Union, Toronto FC and hosts Orlando City, while the other is comprised of the Montreal Impact, Sporting Kansas City, D.C. United and NASL’s Tampa Bay Rowdies.

Here is the full schedule:

Saturday, February 9, 2013:

1:00 p.m.: Columbus Crew vs. Toronto FC

3:00 p.m.: Montreal Impact vs. Sporting Kansas City

6:00 p.m.: Orlando City SC vs. Philadelphia Union

8:00 p.m.: D.C. United vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies

Wednesday, February 13, 2013:

1:00 p.m.: Philadelphia Union vs. Columbus Crew

3:00 p.m.: Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Montreal Impact

6:00 p.m.: Sporting Kansas City vs. D.C. United

8:00 p.m.: Toronto FC vs. Orlando City SC

Saturday, February 16, 2013:

1:00 p.m.: Montreal Impact vs. D.C. United

3:00 p.m.: Philadelphia Union vs. Toronto FC

6:00 p.m.: Orlando City SC vs. Columbus Crew

8:00 p.m.: Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Sporting Kansas City

Pro Soccer Classic Championship Day – Saturday, February 23, 2013:

1:00 p.m.: Group A Fourth Place vs. Group B Fourth Place

3:00 p.m.: Group A Third Place vs. Group B Third Place

6:00 p.m.: Group A Second Place vs. Group B Second Place

8:00 p.m.: Group A First Place vs. Group B First Place


Which of these matches are you most looking forward to? Who do you see winning the tournament? Planning on attending?

Share your thoughts below.

    • betamale

      life gives the trolls more ammo. It’s just what they do, i wouldn’t be too upset over them


    • Gnarls

      Who cares what the trolls think? This tournament is great for Florida and great for the lower division teams in the state. Now, if they could only RENAME the tournament…


      • RB

        That’ve already got “pro” and “classic”. What more do you want them to jam in there?


      • Gnarls

        Full title: “Water E. Disney’s Pro Soccer Ball Kicking Jam Session Classic 2013…izzle”


    • fischy

      I don’t even understand this line of thinking. All professional teams try to schedule some competitive matches for their preseason training. Why should this be ammo for trolls? Because the crowds will be smaller than for baseball’s Spring Training? That’s the point of the tournament — to generate some local interest, and maybe some visitors from out of state. The crowds will be a lot bigger than they’d be for random training matches.

      My guess is this will become an event on the Florida sports calendar, in much the way Spring Training has, but it will take time.


      • Charles

        They dont have a preseason tourney sponsored by Disney in any league in the world…it is not how the rest of the world plays soccer.

        How did I do ?


      • Daniel

        No they have the Herbalife World Football Challenge… whats the difference?


  • fischy

    I doubt that I’ll be headed to Florida for this, but it’s kinda cool to see the schedule with my old-time favorite franchise from NASL days (the Rowdies) taking on my current favorite team ever, DC United.


  • Daniel

    This is actually a pretty good tournament and I know the locals (myself included) are happy to see it. The pitches @ Disney are pretty nice. Talk all the Mickey Mouse smack you want to, but Disney puts out a quality product far as their venues go and its a nice place to watch some games.

    PS: AS Roma will be training @ Disney the week of Christmas with their A team and are playing vs. Orlando City on 1/2/2013 at Rollins College (just north of Orlando).


  • Joemybro

    Why are SKC and DCU in the same group? They finished 1&2 in the East last season. Seems like the groups aren’t very well balanced.


  • catfish

    Just so happens I’ll be in Orlando the final weekend. And I’m a Crew fan. If the wifey will let me and the kids slip away for a few hours, I might try to catch their last game – hopefully it is the 1st place game vs. DC.

    I like this concept for preseason. With this, the one in AZ and I believe one in Charleston that all seem to be becoming annual events I think fans will embrace and start making vacation plans around them. I also like that it’s just not MLS teams. Good for the sport to elevate and include lower tier teams and expecially if they are local and their fans show up.


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