Teams unveiled for 2012 Disney Pro Soccer Classic

KC gets Houston, Montreal & Vancouver in pre-season tourney

Matt Besler with Mickey Mouse

Photo Credit: 
Alice Schroeder

The Houston Dynamo, which reached the MLS Cup championship game Sunday, is among the six teams that will round out the Disney Pro Soccer Classic field at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort in February 2012.

Houston joins Toronto FC, the Vancouver Whitecaps FC, the Montreal Impact, FC Dallas and Sweden’s B.K. Hacken in the eight-team field that also includes Orlando City Soccer and Sporting KC. In all, the 2012 field boasts six MLS squads - twice as many as a year ago.

“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 Houston Dynamo has played in three MLS Cup title games in the last six years and had gone undefeated in its last nine games leading up to the title. The Dynamo return to Disney for the third straight year and willopen the tournament on Feb. 24 at 6 p.m., against Sporting KC in an MLS Eastern Conference final rematch, followed by Montreal Impact versus Vancouver Whitecaps FC at 8 p.m.

Orlando City Soccer is the reigning USL Champion, but will have stiff competition from the MLS teams. Defending Disney Pro Soccer Classic Champion FC Dallas, led by star Brek Shea, is back at Disney after reaching the MLS playoffs this season. And Toronto FC will be playing for the third straight year at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, which is the team’s official pre-season home.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC, which joined MLS in 2009, and Sweden’s B.K. Hacken will be making their Disney Pro Soccer Classic debuts.

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 Soccer “Fan Fest” on Feb. 25 when fans can meet players and pose for photos with the team’s trophies.

Single session tickets for the Disney Pro Soccer Classic, which include entry into two games, go on sale for $15.50 Dec. 1 through Ticketmaster (800/745-3000 and ticketmaster.com) and at the sports complex box office. All-tournament passes are $69.

Travel packages are available now for domestic MLS fans through AnthonyTravel.com and for Canadian MLS fans through Merit Travel. The packages may include accommodations near Walt Disney World Resort and the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, game tickets, ground transportation, discounted Disney theme park tickets, VIP access to player and coach meet-and-greets, etc.

About ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, which hosts more than 350 events a year, is the leading multi-sport venue for amateur and professional sports in the nation, accommodating 70 different sports and athletes from more than 70 countries.  Designed to take youth sports to the next level, the 250-acre facility features multiple competition venues, including Champion Stadium, the HP Field House, the Jostens Center, the Hess Sports Fields, a track & field facility, atennis complex and a baseball/softball sportsplex. It is also home to the ESPN Innovation Lab, a real-world testing ground for the ESPN Emerging Technology Group that develops ground-breaking on-air products like Ball Track and ESPN Snap Zoom, as well as development of its new 3-D television channel.  In addition, the complex features 56 high-definition cameras and 40 high-definition video screens, including three jumbo screens, which can capture and display footage from any event taking place at the complex.  The camera and video screens, as well as a 20-zone audio system, are controlled through the state-of-the-art HD and 3-D Production Center with direct links to ESPN facilities in Bristol, Conn., New York and Los Angeles.  For more information, visit www.disneysportsnews.com for press releases, photos and videos.  Follow us on Twitter at @DisneySports.

2012 Disney Pro Soccer Classic Schedule

Date

Home

Away

Time

Pool

Feb. 24

Sporting KC

Houston Dynamo

6 p.m.

1

Feb. 24

Montreal Impact

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

8 p.m.

1

Feb. 25

Orlando City Soccer

Toronto FC

6 p.m.

2

Feb. 25

B.K. Hacken

FC Dallas

8 p.m.

2

Feb. 26

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Houston Dynamo

1 p.m.

1

Feb. 26

Sporting KC

Montreal Impact

3 p.m.

1

Feb. 28

Toronto FC

B.K. Hacken

6 p.m.

2

Feb. 28

Orlando City Soccer

FC Dallas

8 p.m.

2

Feb. 29

Sporting KC

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

6 p.m.

1

Feb. 29

Houston Dynamo

Montreal Impact

8 p.m.

1

March 1

Toronto FC

FC Dallas

6 p.m.

2

March 1

Orlando City Soccer

B.K. Hacken

8 p.m.

2

March 3

TBD

TBD

6 p.m.

Consolation Game

March 3

TBD

TBD

8 p.m.

Championship Game