Impact opens Disney Classic with game against Fluminense FC U23 on Wednesday

ORLANDO, Florida - With one game under its belt through training camp, the Impact will look to put in a better performance against the U23 side of Brazilian powerhouse Fluminense this Wednesday at 8pm, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, as part of the Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic in Orlando, Florida.

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After a difficult performance versus Orlando City SC, in which the Impact still managed to come out on top 2-1 thanks to goals by newly acquired Santiago Gonzalez and midfielder Andres Romero, the team expects to better implement some of its ideas moving forward.

“We want to continue to improve the team’s rhythm,” said Impact assistant coach Mauro Biello. “We are obviously in phase of building our fitness and speed of play, but we also want to apply some of the principles that we’ve been working on lately.”

Impact midfielder Felipe knows it won’t be an easy game against his compatriots.

“Brazilians, they don’t like to play a physical type game, like the MLS style,” he said. “They like to keep the ball and maintain possession. They prefer to take on players one versus one as well.” 

The Impact will then play its next Disney Pro Classic matchups with the New York Red Bulls on February 22 at 6pm and then versus Sporting Kansas City on February 26 at 8pm. The championship game is set for Saturday, March 1. All Impact games throughout the tournament will be streamed live at and