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Lambe set to play in Disney final

Reggie Lambe’s Toronto FC will face Vancouver Whitecaps in an all-Canadian final at the Disney Pro Soccer Classic today.

Toronto, who finished top of group stage, defeated FC Dallas 3-0 on Thursday with rookie midfielder Luis Silva bagging a brace and Ryan Johnson also scoring.

TFC created their first chance in the 20th minute when diminutive attacker Joao Plata took a pass from Lambe inside the box but fired high with his weaker right foot.

In the 26th minute Bermuda international Lambe used his speed to fly by defender Matt Hedges, but FC Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz came off his line to close the angle and thwart the chance.

Silva broke through in the 35th minute when he beat a defender and poked his shot past Seitz, who got his hands on the ball but was unable to keep it out.

Silva struck again five minutes later, latching onto a loose ball inside the box and powering it home for his second of the match.

“Luis is a very good player but we knew when we drafted him in January that he was a player with a lot of skill and he can score goals and make a difference,” said TFC head coach Aron Winter. “He is adapting very quick.”

FC Dallas struggled all match to create any dangerous chances, leaving the door open for Toronto to strike again. With eight minutes remaining, Johnson bundled home a cross after Seitz spilled a rebound inside the 18-yard-box for the final scoreline.

“We didn’t give them many chances throughout the game, they didn’t have a shot on goal, I don’t recall so Milos (Kocic) and myself only had to deal with some crosses and distribution but a decent result,” said Toronto goalkeeper Stefan Frei.

“They didn’t line up their first team but we needed to get some minutes and work on fitness and confidence and that’s what we got tonight.”

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Published March 03, 2012 at 1:00 am (Updated March 03, 2012 at 6:52 am)

Lambe set to play in Disney final

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