Our football match prediction:
Atlanta United have been having their ups and downs of late, but they did well to beat Columbus Crew at their Bobby Dodd Stadium at the weekend. The Five Stripes recorded their third consecutive win at home and they are definitely capable of making life difficult for Colorado Rapids in Sunday’s football match. Colorado suffered a loss in each of their last six away games in MLS and they are regarded as underdogs in the game against Atlanta United. The Rapids defeated Portland Timbers on home soil in their last league match, but beating Tata Martino’s men on the road is easier said than done. The two teams meet for the first time ever in the Major League Soccer and we predict that the newcomers will emerge triumphant in Sunday’s clash. A man to watch in the home team will be Paraguay midfielder Miguel Angel Almiron, who has been producing outstanding performances this season.
Highligted Player (Josef Martinez):
Josef Alexander Martinez Mencia started his senior career at Caracas, but he made no more than 36 league appearances for the Venezuelan outfit from 2010 to 2012. Martinez then moved to Europe and the 170-cm tall striker scored 4 goals in 34 appearances for the capital club. In the 2013/2014 season he played for fellow Swiss outfit Thun (on loan) and on June 7, 2014 he signed a contract with Serie A team Torino. In December, 2017 Josef Martinez scored his first ever goal in the Italian top flight in a 2-2 draw with Palermo. The Venezuela international currently plays (on loan) for Atlanta United in MLS and he made his debut for Gerardo Martino’s team against New York Red Bulls. Speaking of his international career, Martinez made his Venezuela debut against El Salvador, coming from the bench after 76 minutes. On November 10, 2016 he scored a hat-trick for La Vinotinto in a thrilling 5-0 victory over Bolivia and it has to be noted that he has four caps (two goals) for Venezuela U20 team.
Highlighted Team (Colorado Rapids):
Colorado Rapids are a Major League Soccer club and they compete in the USA professional soccer league as a member of the Western Conference. Colorado began their play in MLS back in 1996 and 14 years later they managed to win the MLS Cup trophy. The Rapids recorded a 2-1 win over FC Dallas in the final of the tournament, with George John scoring the winner for Gary Smith’s team in the extra time. Colorado made it to the MLS Cup final in 1997 as well, but D.C. United proved to be a big catch for the club in the title game. The Rapids play their home games at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park and the venue has been Colorado’s home ground since 2007. It has to be noted that the likes of Tim Howard, Carlos Valderama, Claudio Lopez and Jermaine Jones were all part of the club in the past. Colorado’s colours are red, sky blue and white, but they were yellow shirts and blue shorts when playing on the travels.