Match preview: Impact plays Columbus Saturday in Disney Pro Soccer Classic final
ORLANDO, Florida – The Montreal Impact plays its final game of its preseason camp in Florida, against the Columbus Crew in the championship match of the Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic on Saturday, at 8pm (ET). The game will be broadcast live on TSN2 and RDS2.
The Impact qualified for the final after finishing tops in group B, going undefeated in three matches (2-0-1).
Finishing with confidence
“We have taken the steps necessary to finish top of our group. We did well to get there, so we want to make sure that our camp in Florida ends on a good note with a victory,” said Impact head coach Marco Schällibaum. “It won’t be easy as we are playing a good team, but we will be ready.”
“Our objective was to reach the finals and we’ve accomplished that. We want to win this game and finish the camp with confidence and be ready physically and mentally for the start of our season on March 2,” added midfielder Patrice Bernier.
The Columbus Crew also finished in first atop of group with three wins in as many games, versus Toronto FC, Philadelphia Union and Orlando City S.C.
Last season, the Impact and the Crew played on three occasions during the regular season. The Impact lost 2-0 in March at Crew Stadium, but took the home match at Stade Saputo 2-1 on July 9, before falling in Columbus 2-1 on September 1.
The Crew made a number of changes to its roster in the offseason, releasing forwards Emilio Renteria and Miroslav Mirosevic, and added forward Dominic Oduro from the Chicago Fire, in a trade for Dilly Duka.
Former Impact defender Tyson Wahl has joined the Crew, after finishing the 2012 season with the Colorado Rapids.
On Sunday, the Impact will return to Montreal before leaving for Seattle on February 28 to play the season opener against the Sounders on March 2.
2013 season tickets are now available in seven categories, at a cost of $295, $385, $475, $580, $770 and $1070. You can assure your spot for the 2013 season by contacting the Impact’s sales and services team at 514-328-3668. Show your support for your club by paying for your tickets using your Montreal Impact BMO credit card.