An announced crowd of 6,500 piled into Bright House Networks Stadium at the University of Central Florida for the start of FC Playoff competition in the 2017 Florida Cup, with River Plate out of Argentina taking on Millonarios FC out of Colombia.
Not that many stayed around for the final match of the FC Challenge portion of the tournament in a nightcap between Estudiantes (Argentina) and Bahia (Brazil). In between, those who stayed enjoyed a fun, 15-minute All-Star exhibition match between Team Eddie Johnson and Team Cafu, made up of sports, arts and musical celebrities.
Both Florida Cup matches and the exhibition finished with 1-0 score lines. Lucas Alario's early strike in the opening game gave River Plate a victory, advancing the Argentinian club to the semifinals of the FC Playoff. An own-goal in the 16th minute by Bahia handed Estudiantes the win and a sweep for Argentina on the day. In between, Team Eddie Johnson put up a 1-0 win over Team Cafu.
This gallery captures the excitement of the Florida Cup FC Playoff game and the star-studded exhibition. Although I had to leave after the All-Star match, I hope you enjoy some of the sights of the first two 1-0 matches.