Our football match prediction:
Atlanta United have been producing outstanding performances in MLS under Tata Martino. The former Barcelona coach is doing a great job with the Five Stripes and he did well to help the newcomers book their place in the play-offs. Atlanta United are a real force to be reckoned with at home and you should bear in mind that they recorded 11 wins at their Mercedes-Benz-Stadium in the regular part of the season. Columbus Crew, on the other hand, are on a ten-game unbeaten run in the league ahead of the trip to Georgia and, taking everything into account, a close encounter is on the cards. The visitors are likely to adopt a defence-minded approach in Friday’s football match against Tata Martino’s men and we predict that two sides are going to play out a draw at Mercedes-Benz-Stadium (90 mins). A man to watch in the home team will be Josef Martinez, who scored his 19th goal of the season in a 2-2 draw with Toronto at the weekend.
Highlighted Player (Carlos Carmona):
Carlos Carmona is a professional footballer who plays for Atalanta as a midfielder. Carmona played for Coquimbo Unido from 2004 to 2007 and then he moved to O’Higgins. However, it has to be noted that he made no more than 17 appearances for the club during his one-season spell. In the summer of 2008 the Chilean footballer moved to Reggina and he made his Serie A debut on 14 September against Torino. Carmona made 32 league appearances for the club in the 2008/2009 Serie A campaign and he remained at Stadio Oreste Granillo for one more season. In 2010 Carlos Carmona signed a deal with Atalanta and he has been playing for Orobici ever since. The Atalanta midfielder has 20 caps for Chile U20 and he made his debut for the senior team against Spain on 19 November, 2008. Carlos Carmona was named in Chile 2015 Copa America squad, but he was eventually forced to withdraw with injury.
Highlighted Team (Columbus Crew):
Columbus Crew are an American soccer club based in Columbus, Ohio. The Black & Gold participate in the Eastern Conference and in 2008 they won both the conference and the MLS CUP final. Columbus Crew defeated New York Red Bulls in the MLS Cup final, with the likes of Moreno, Marshall and Hejduk scoring for the Black & Gold in the title game. The club welcome their rivals at Mapfre Stadium, the venue which was opened on May, 15 1999. The current capacity of the stadium is 19.968 and it has to be noted that Mapfre Stadium is the first soccer-specific venue ever built for a MLS club. A number of high-profile players were part of Columbus Crew in the past, but Guillermo Barros Schelotto is the most famous footballer that wore the black and yellow shirt. Schelotto played for Columbus Crew from 2007 to 2010 and during his spell with the Mapfre Stadium outfit the Black & Gold won the aforementioned MLS Cup.