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MLS Preseason Rewind: Orlando City ties NYCFC, Sporting KC tops Sounders, and more

Ned Grabavoy NYCFC Orlando City (USA TODAY Sports)

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Though they are still two weeks away from their official MLS debuts, Orlando City and New York City FC provided some intriguing glimpses into what we might see when they face off on the opening weekend of the 2015 MLS season.

New York City FC and Orlando City played to a 1-1 draw in the opening match of the Carolina Challenge Cup. Kaka and Khiry Shelton traded goals in a match that also featured some impressive play from Spanish star striker David Villa.

The match was one of three preseason matches on Saturday featuring MLS teams facing each other. Sporting Kansas City used a Graham Zusi goal to beat the Seattle Sounders, 3-2, in Desert Diamond Cup action in Tucson, where the Colorado Rapids and New England Revolution played to a 1-1 draw earlier on Saturday evening.

Here is a rundown of the rest of Saturday night’s MLS preseason results:


The San Jose Earthquakes used a goal from designated player Matias Perez Garcia to edge USL champion Sacramento Republic, 1-0, in exhibition action in Sacramento.

A sellout crowd of 9,794 fans watched the two sides play a fairly even match before Garcia broke through in the 51st minute, when Chris Wondolowski set up Garcia with the winner.

The Earthquakes had the better of the chances in the second half, with Sanna Nyassi and Cordell Cato both seeing good chances miss by inches.


Venezuelan forward Fernando Aristeguieta made an impressive debut for the Philadelphia Union, scoring two goals in a 30-minute cameo to help the Union post a 6-0 rout of London United in IMG Suncoast Pro Classic action in Bradenton, Florida.

Five different Union players registered goals, including Andrew Wenger and Cristian Maidana.

The Union held a modest 2-0 lead through 69 minutes, but a second-half red card left London United short-handed, and Aristeguieta’s introduction into the match helped the Union rattle off four goals to close out the romp.

The Union resumes tournament action on Wednesday against the Columbus Crew.


A 10th-minute goal from rookie midfielder Manolo Sanchez proved to be enough to help the New York Red Bulls record a 1-0 preseason victory against USL side Oklahoma City Energy on Saturday in IMG Suncoast Pro Classic action in Bradenton, Florida.

Sanchez took a pass from Bradley Wright-Phillips and converted the only goal of the match.

The Red Bulls started a lineup with mostly reserve players, with Wright-Phillips the only projected 2015 starter in the lineup.


Real Salt Lake 3, FC Tucson 1. (RECAP)

Charleston Battery, Houston Dynamo 0 (RECAP)

Columbus Crew SC 2, Costa Rica U-23s 0. (RECAP)


What did you think of Saturday’s preseason action? Like what you’re seeing from players like Kaka and Villa?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. The opening match in Charleston was actually Charleston Battery vs Houston. Battery 1, Houston 0. I know its only pre-season but Charleston looked good.

    Stating the obvious but Kaka is clearly at another level. His movement on and off the ball was amazing.

    • I doubt it, typically it takes a year for players to get used to the physicality of the league and I’m not very confident that Kaka stays healthy for the majority of the season. I like me some Kaka, but there a more likely candidates such as: Oba, Dempsey, Keane, Dwyer, Morales. Hell even Villa seems more likely to survive and stay healthy as compared to Kaka.

  2. Amen to that. Here’s to dreaming. It would be interesting though, combine the squads, make an A team and B team, A team plays in Red bull Arena, B team plays at Hofstra, it’s too bad we don’t know more about the financial set up the Cosmos roster is on. Red Bulls only have BWP as a DP, I’m guess Raul and Senna would fall in that same range, but who knows about the rest of their roster.

  3. NYCFC is going to leave Red Bulls in the dust. Hoping New York Cosmos buy Red Bulls,…rebrand and pick the best parts of both teams and move forward.


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