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Sporting Kansas City's Aurelien Collin, left, and Vancouver Whitecaps' Sebastien Le Toux collide going after the ball during a soccer match in the Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic, Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (John Raoux/AP)
Sporting Kansas City's Aurelien Collin, left, and Vancouver Whitecaps' Sebastien Le Toux collide going after the ball during a soccer match in the Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic, Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (John Raoux/AP)

Whitecaps down Sporting Kansas City at Disney Pro Soccer Classic Add to ...

The Vancouver Whitecaps exploded in the second half Wednesday to defeat Sporting Kansas City 3-0 and finish with a perfect record in the group stage of the Disney Pro Soccer Classic.



Vancouver (3-0-0) had already clinched first place in Group One and a spot in Saturday's final against either Toronto FC or FC Dallas. Those two teams meet Thursday as Group Two play wraps up.

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“It's always nice to win, but I thought we played well,” Vancouver coach Martin Rennie said. “We showed a lot of discipline and hard work against a really good team in Kansas City, so it's a game we take a lot of positives from.”



In late action Wednesday in Group One, the Montreal Impact and Houston Dynamo tied 1-1.



After a scoreless first half. Sebastien Le Toux got things going for Vancouver in the 50th minute, volleying home a cross from Davide Chiumiento for a 1-0 lead.



It was Le Toux's third goal in as many games at the tournament.



Russell Teibert of Niagara Falls, Ont., made it 2-0 in the 62nd on a shot from 20 yards out that beat Sporting goalkeeper Jon Kempin.



Carlyle Mitchell then stretched the Vancouver lead to three just five minutes later off a pass from Jordan Harvey.



Kei Kamara nearly got one back for Kansas City (0-1-2) in the 85th minute, but his header was cleared off the Vancouver goal-line.



“Getting clean sheets is also something you're very pleased with as a coach, as that has a lot to do with professionalism and just doing the right things,” Rennie said. “It was nice to get that tonight.”



After a scoreless first half in Wednesday's second game, Will Bruin gave Houston (0-1-2) a 1-0 lead in the 49th minute.



Montreal (0-1-2), which is preparing for its first season in Major League Soccer, fought back to tie it six minutes later when Patrice Bernier scored on a free kick.



Despite their identical records, the Dynamo finished ahead of the Impact on goal difference and will face either Toronto or Dallas in Saturday's third-place game.



The Whitecaps and Impact open their regular-season schedules March 10th when Montreal makes its MLS debut at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver.



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