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MLS Player Combine: Markus Fjortoft scores late in Team Predator victory over Team Tango

Players compete in a full-field match at the 2018 MLS Player Combine. (Victor Tan/Pro Soccer USA)

The second of two matches Monday looked like it was heading to a scoreless draw, but a 74th-minute goal by Markus Fjortoft lifted Team Predator to a narrow 1-0 win over Team Tango during the MLS Player Combine at Orlando City Stadium.

“What’s great about my team especially, [is] I feel like we are a team,” Fjortoft told Pro Soccer USA. “You come here and showcase your individual talents, but that comes as a result of how the team does. If the team does well, you have more of an opportunity to showcase yourself as well… it’s about finding that balance. We’ve played some pretty good football, and as a result we get the space to show ourselves off.”

The Norwegian centerback from Duke scored off a header, knocking in a corner kick from Team Predator teammate Rafael Andrade Santos of Virginia Commonwealth.

Team Tango could’ve been on the score sheet early in the first half when Sam Gainford of the University of Akron missed a penalty kick in minute 22. Virginia Tech goalkeeper Ben Lundgaard stepped up to deny the shot and block a rebound.

“A lot of guys still have to prove themselves and a lot of guys want to prove themselves, so everybody has to leave it all out on the field… they have to,” Lundgaard said. “One more performance to show these coaches we can play at the next level. A save is a save, and they like seeing keepers keep it out of the net. So, I was positive with today’s performance.”

The MLS Player Combine concludes on Wednesday at Orlando City Stadium when Team X takes on Team Predator at 10 a.m. followed by the final event matchup between Team Tango and Team Nemeziz at noon. Players will then await their fate in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft, which begins at 11 a.m. Friday in Philadelphia.

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