Our prediction for this MLS match:
Atlanta United will be looking to put an end to their three-game losing run in MLS when they host Dallas at their Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Five Stripes have been struggling in the Major League Soccer ever since key attacker Josef Martinez suffered a serious injury, and seeing that several first-team regulars left the club, it is no wonder they are sitting in 12th position in the Eastern Conference.
The hosts are low on confidence ahead of the visit of Dallas, and they are unlikely to grab something from the midweek clash. The Toros, on the other hand, have been showing signs of improvement of late, with the team recording a win in each of their last three league fixtures. FC Dallas have been scoring goals for fun of late, and they should take advantage of the fact that Thursday’s football match will be played behind closed doors. Midfielders Paxton Pomykal (injury) and Bryan Acosta (suspension) are out of contention for the visitors.
Highlighted Player (Florentin Pogba):
Florentin Pogba is a younger brother of famous French player Paul Pogba. Florentin was born in Conakry, Guinea, but he played for France U20 team. Unlike his brother, Florentin Pogba plays as a defender for Saint Etienne. He began his senior career at Sedan and he made 44 league appearances for the club in the 2011/2012 season.
In the summer of 2012 he moved to Saint Etienne, but he continued playing for Sedan on loan. After ending his loan spell with les Sangliers Florentin Pogba returned to Saint Etienne and he has been playing for the Ligue 1 outfit ever since. He scored his first goal for les Verts on 3 December n a 2-0 win over Montpellier.
On 11 August, 2010 Pogba made his Guinea debut, coming as a substitute in a 2-0 win over Mali in a friendly and he played his first competitive match for the national team in the 2014 World Cup qualifier against Mozambique. It has to be noted that his twin brother Mathias plays football as well.
Highlighted Team (FC Dallas):
Despite making it to the 2010 MLS Cup final, Dallas eventually failed to win the domestic trophy. The Toros (Bulls) were beaten by Colorado in the final played at BMO Field in Toronto and you should bear in mind that the Rapids scored the winner in the extra time.
That was the first and only time Dallas participated in the MLS Cup final, but in 2016 the club won the Supporters’ Shield and the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. The Toros play their home games at Toyota Stadium, the venue that was opened in August, 2005. The stadium’s original name was Pizza Hut Park, but in September 2013 it was renamed as Toyota Stadium after Pizza Hut Park left as a main sponsor.
FC Dallas wear red shits with white stripes when playing at home, while their secondary colors are white and blue. Former Ajax and River Plate ace Mauro Rosales, who joined the Toyota Stadium outfit in 2016, is regarded as one of the club most significant stars.