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Impact tie United in final group game of Walt Disney Classic

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TSN.ca Staff
2/16/2013 6:59:48 PM
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The Montreal Impact remain undefeated in preseason action, tying D.C. United 1-1 Saturday afternoon in its final group game of the Walt Disney Pro Soccer Classic tournament.

Midfielder Andrea Pisanu scored for the Impact, while Kyle Porter replied for United.  
           
With the draw, the Impact finished the three-game group stage in top spot in group B and will play the final next Saturday against Columbus.

The Impact opened the score in the 16th minute on a spectacular volley from midfielder Andrea Pisanu. Following a cross from forward Marco Di Vaio, Pisanu hit the rebound, surprising goalkeeper Bill Hamid who came out of his net.

In the 85th minute, Kyle Porter scored the equalizer with a blast from just outside the box, out of the reach of Impact goalkeeper Troy Perkins.

"We defended well and for the most part, we played a solid game, but it wasn't our best game," said Impact head coach Marco Schällibaum. I'm not completely satisfied with the way we got this result. However, we have qualified for the final."

"We want to win this tournament and we are now closer to our objective," said defender Alessandro Nesta. "It will be a good test for us since Columbus is a good team. The final will be a good stepping stone for our season opener on March 2 against Seattle. I want to have a good season with the Impact and help the team in what could be my last season."

In the 20th minute, Perkins robbed forward Lionard Pajoy, following a bicycle kick by midfielder Dwayne De Rosario that was blocked by an Impact defender.

In the 69th minute, Chris Pontius fired one from just inside the box, but the shot went just over the bar of Perkins' net.

Midfielder Patrice Bernier had a good chance in the 80th minute, after dribbling into the box, but his shot went wide right of goal.

Andrea Pisanu (Photo: Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

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(Photo: Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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