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MLS Player Combine: Team Tango and Team X play to 1-1 tie

University of California centerback Josh Morton scored the opening goal for Team X minutes before halftime of Game 2 at the MLS Player Combine, but Afonso Pinheiro’s equalizer moments into the second half for Team Tango saw the teams play to a 1-1 draw Saturday at Orlando City Stadium.

“I think it’s going well so far, playing a game with a bunch of new guys mistakes are going to happen,” Morton told Pro Soccer USA. “I think we moved the ball really well. I think I played well, got a goal, so that’s always a positive… I learned to be adaptable to the surroundings, I expected it but it’s also challenging at the same time.

“In college you play with the same guys for four years, give or take guys are always graduating, but you have a main core of guys that you play with. Coming into a new environment with brand new players is different but also fun,” he added.

With the game scoreless heading into halftime, Paul Marie of Florida International University whipped in a cross, finding Morton to head the ball past the goalkeeper.

Team Tango scored the equalizer when Pinheiro was able to get a hold of a failed clearance from the opposing side, converting a left-footed strike toward the upper-left corner of the net for the equalizer. The University of Albany-SUNY forward scored seven goals and recorded four assists in 22 games played with the Great Danes in 2017.

The MLS Player Combine continues Monday when Team Nemeziz takes on Team X at 12:30 p.m. and Team Predator takes on Team Tango at 2:30 p.m. Both games will be at Orlando City Stadium.

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