2013 MLS Preseason: D.C. United draws Malmö FF 1-1 as Kyle Porter has a very good first day


The Black-and-Red ended the first phase of their preseason with a comeback draw against one of the biggest teams from Sweden. Canadian trialist Kyle Porter made the goal, and we've got more information on the former FC Edmonton midfielder.

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:

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.

Date Time Opponent Result Location TV/Streaming
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
23-Feb TBD TBD Kissimmee, FL ESPN3

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