Our football match prediction:
Sunday’s football game at Rio Tinto Stadium pits together United States and Venezuela. USA coach Bruce Arena called 27 players for the upcoming friendly and it has to be noted that the likes of Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore, Alejandro Bedoja, Christian Pulisic and DeMarcus Beasley all made the squad. The Yanks aim to return to winning ways following a 1-1 draw with Panama in the World Cup qualifier and we predict that the hosts will emerge triumphant in Sunday’s clash. Venezuela have been struggling in the World Cup qualifiers and they sit at the rock bottom in the South America qualifying group after 14 rounds. La Vinotinto are low on confidence ahead of the trip to Utah and they are unlikely to spoil USA’s party at Rio Tinto Stadium. In their last home game USA rolled over Honduras 6-0, with Clint Dempsey scoring a hat-trick for Bruce Arena’s charges.
Highlighted Player (Aron Johannsson):
Aron Johannsson is a 25-year-old striker who plays for the German Bundesliga club Werder Bremen and the United States national side. He started his career with Iceland club Fjolnir before joining Dutch club AZ Alkmaar in 2013. He had a prolific stay at the Eredivisie club before signing for Werder Bremen in 2015 for a transfer fee in the region of € 5 million. However he made limited appearances for them due to a hip injury. Johannsson is a former Iceland U-21 international but made his senior debut for the United States in 2013. He was part of the American squad which finished fourth at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup scoring in the quarter-final win over Cuba. He already has 19 senior caps to his name along with two goals to his credit. Johannsson is known as a very mobile striker and scores goals at an excellent rate – as was evident in his stay at Alkmaar.
Highlighted Team (Venezuela):
The Venezuela national team is the member of South American CONMEBOL confederation competing at the international stage since 1938, at the same time fighting for glory and popularity in the country where baseball diverts all of the attention from the sport. With increased popularity of the FIFA World Cup the country found enough motivation and incentive to increase player development and fan support in order to strengthen the cult of the national football team. However, South American minnows Venezuela have never qualified for the FIFA World Cup and as of 2014 they remain the only CONMEBOL member not to achieve this feat. La Vinotinto have however appeared in 15 Copa America tournament with their first entry coming in 1967. Their best result was the fourth-place finish in 2011 and under the new leadership of Rafael Dudamet, Venezuela are looking for an upset at Copa America Centenario. The most prominent player of the Venezuela national team is New York Cosmos midfielder Juan Arango who is the team’s top scorer and the player with most caps.