D.C. United ended their first Florida stint of this preseason with a come-from-behind 1-1 draw against Malmö FF. United equalized in the second half through a header by trialist Nane off of a corner kick. If you'd like more details on the match or some photos, I suggest heading over to dcunited.com's recap or else holding tight for ChestRockwell's write-up, which should be forthcoming soon enough. But here, we're going to talk about one guy: Canadian trialist Kyle Porter, the man who served up the corner that led to Nane's goal.
Porter is a product of the Vancouver Whitecaps residency program, graduating to the first team of the then-USL Whitecaps in 2010. He's been with FC Edmonton of the NASL since the 2011 season and is currently out of contract. He's apparently been sitting on a new offer from the Rabbits (aside: excellent nickname, Edmonton) as he tries his hand in MLS. If today is any indication - an assist off of his corner kick and (via @DCUmatchday) seems to have been the most dangerous player on the field from his entry in the 31st minute. Making his performance more impressive, Porter didn't arrive in Bradenton to join the team for his trial until last night.
To get a read on this guy, WHO WILL OBVIOUSLY WIN THE GOLDEN BOOT YOU GUYS, we reached out to the fans who probably know him best, the Edmonton Supporters Group. Their Twitter-friendly scouting report:
@the_amt Kyle Porter releases a mixtape of goals from time to time, his youtube username is PortaBread if you want to see the good…— Edm Supporters Group (@FCESG) February 1, 2013
@the_amt The bad & the ugly is confidence. When he gets on a roll he tears it up, when facing adversity (overused term) you get a mixed bag— Edm Supporters Group (@FCESG) February 1, 2013
Because we don't have video of the friendly down in Bradenton yesterday, we'll end things the Benuski way: with a YouTube highlight reel, direct from Porter's very own channel.
So, what do we think of the young man? He seems to be able to hit a decent ball and has a decent scoring rate from midfield (12 goals in 47 appearances over two seasons). But the 23-year-old has struggled with consistency over his first two years as a professional. We'll obviously have to reserve final judgment until we can see a bit more from the Toronto native, but if he can build on his performance today, he seems a good bet to claim a roster spot (and an international slot) by First Kick. Let us hear your thoughts in the comments.
|26-Jan||11:00 AM||Columbus Crew||0-1 Columbus||Bradenton, FL||none|
|1-Feb||11:00 AM||Malmö FF||1-1||Bradenton, FL||none|
|9-Feb||8:00 PM||Tampa Bay Rowdies||Kissimmee, FL||MLSSoccer.com Ch. 1|
|13-Feb||6:00 PM||Sporting Kansas City||Kissimmee, FL||MLSSoccer.com Ch. 1|
|16-Feb||1:00 PM||Montreal Impact||Kissimmee, FL||MLSSoccer.com Ch.1|
|20-Feb||6:00 PM||Philadelphia Union||Deltona, FL||none|