ORLANDO, Florida – Opening the tournament in style, the Bleu-Blanc-Noir topped Fluminense FC U23 1-0 on Wednesday night at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, in its first game of the Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic. Midfielder Sanna Nyassi scored the lone goal in the first half.
With a first half largely dominated by the Impact, the game’s first goal came in the 18th minute when defender Hassoun Camara found the ball just inside the box, to the right side of goal. His left-footed shot towards the opposite post was pushed away by the goalkeeper, but fell to Sanna Nyassi. The Gambian midfielder settled the ball before firing it off of the keeper and into the net.
Wandrille Lefèvre, Hassoun Camara and Collen Warner helped goalkeeper Troy Perkins earn the shutout by making a number of solid defensive plays, especially in the first half.
The second half saw a number of changes for the blue side, including all current or former field players from the Academy on the field at the same time: Lefèvre, Karl W. Ouimette, Maxim Tissot, Zakaria Messoudi, Victor Ndiaye, Jérémy Gagnon-Laparé and Amine Meftouh.
In total, 21 players saw action for the Impact in the game.
The Impact is now 2-0 in preseason action, following a 2-1 victory on Sunday over Orlando City SC in a friendly.
The Impact will 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 impactmontreal.com and MLSsoccer.com.
Montreal Impact Lineup
GK-Troy Perkins; D-Hassoun Camara (Calum Mallace 64’), Wandrille Lefèvre (Amine Meftouh* 71’), Matteo Ferrari (Karl W. Ouimette 57’), Eric Miller (Maxim Tissot 64’); M-Hernan Bernardello (Zakaria Messoudi 71’), Justin Mapp (Blake Smith 46’), Felipe (Santiago Gonzalez 62’), Collen Warner (Jérémy Gagnon-Laparé* 62’), Sanna Nyassi (Victor Ndiaye* 57’); F-Andrew Wenger (Marco Di Vaio 46’)
Fluminense FC U23 Starting Lineup
Klever Rodrigo Gomes Rufino, Igor de Carvalho Juliao, Ygor Nogueira de Paula, Fabio Farroco Braga, Diego de Silva Maia, Robert Gonçalves Santos, Luis Fernando Ferreira Maximiano, Eduardo Antonio Machado Teixeira, Matheus Thiago de Carvalho, Marlon Santos da Silva Barbosa, Pablo Dyego da Silva Rosa
MTL – Nyassi 18’
FLU – Robert Gonçalves Santos 29’
MTL – Nyassi 45’
MTL – Di Vaio 76’