FC Dallas will return to ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort for the 2012 edition of the tournament in late February as defending champions having won the 2011 Disney Pro Soccer Classic.
FC Dallas will be joined by in-state rivals Houston Dynamo as well as Toronto FC, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Montreal Impact, Sporting Kansas City, Sweden’s B.K. Hacken and Orlando City SC. FCD will face B.K. Hacken, Orlando City, and Toronto FC in pool play.
“This is unquestionably the best Disney Pro Soccer Classic field we’ve had so far,’’ said Disney Sports manager Patrick Dicks. “This will be a rare opportunity for fans to see so many marquee pro soccer teams in one place and experience the game in an intimate, family-friendly atmosphere.’’
The Classic begins with a week of pool play Feb. 24-March 1, followed by the championship game March 3. The tournament will offer fans unique interaction with players, such as the Orlando City SC “Fan Fest” on Feb. 25 when fans can meet Orlando City players and pose for photos with the team’s trophies.
Placed in Pool 2 with Toronto FC, Orlando City and B.K. Hacken, FC Dallas will kick off the tournament with an 8 p.m. matchup against B.K. Hacken on Feb. 25. Three days later, FC Dallas will meet Orlando City for the third time in two seasons in a match also scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. FC Dallas’ final match of pool play will be on March 1 against Toronto FC. That game is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
2012 Disney Pro Soccer Classic Schedule
2/ 24Sporting KC vs Houston Dynamo6 p.m.
2/24Montreal Impact vsVancouver Whitecaps 8 p.m.
2/25Orlando City Soccervs Toronto FC6 p.m.
2/25B.K. Hacken vs FC Dallas8 p.m.
2/26Vancouver Whitecaps vs Houston Dynamo1 p.m.
2/26Sporting KC vs Montreal Impact3 p.m.
2/28Toronto FCvs B.K. Hacken6 p.m.
2/28Orlando City Soccer vs FC Dallas8 p.m.
2/29Sporting KC vsVancouver Whitecaps 6 p.m.
2/29Houston Dynamovs Montreal Impact8 p.m.
3/1Toronto FCvs FC Dallas6 p.m.
3/1Orlando City Soccervs B.K. Hacken8 p.m.
3/36 p.m.Consolation Game
3/38 p.m.Championship Game