A total of 12 MLS sides are in action on Wednesday as the IMG Suncoast Pro Classic and Desert Diamond Cups get underway.
The Montreal Impact played their second game against Mexican opposition in as many days in the days early kickoff and they put in a fine display to win 6-0 against FC Cuautla in their final friendly before next week’s CONCACAF Champions League quarter-final clash with Liga MX side Pachuca.
Cameron Porter came on at halftime and the 21-year-old third round MLS SuperDraft pick bagged himself a hat-trick, while McInerney added his second of the game to seal a comfortable 6-0 win against the Mexican third division side.
Columbus Crew got the first game of the IMG Suncoast Pro Classic underway against London United and were also in a goalscoring mood as they found the net seven times.
New signing Kei Kamara opened the scoring in just the third minute before Ethan Finlay scored a second on 19 minutes. Finlay then turned provider as he teed up new right-back Hernan Grana to make it three before Grana then grabbed an assist for Kamara’s second of the game, making it 4-0 after just half an hour.
Columbus weren’t prepared to see out the half four up though and added two more as Grana made it five with his second of the game from defence before he got his second assist of the game by setting up new left-back Chris Klute on the stroke of halftime, making it 6-0 at the break.
Crew SC weren’t as devastating in the second-half but still added one more through second-round draft pick Sagi Lev-Ari in the final ten minutes. Lev-Ari was making his preseason debut for the Black and Gold but is not yet registered on the club’s roster for the 2015 season.
Kei Kamara may have bagged two but it was fellow new boy Hernan Grana who impressed most as he registered two goals and two assists from right-back in an impressive attacking display.
Both the Montreal Impact and Columbus Crew have lost just once this preseason and will be hoping they can take their goalscoring form from today’s friendlies into the new 2015 MLS season in the Eastern Conference.