Our prediction for this MLS match:
Saturday’s football game at Q2 Stadium pits together Austin and Real Salt Lake, the two teams who meet for the second time in the Major League Soccer. In their first meeting in the MLS Real Salt Lake defeated Austin thanks to Bobby Wood’s goal, meaning that the hosts are hungry for revenge. The newcomers aim to bounce back from a 3-0 loss to Colorado Rapids, and the fact that they defeated Los Angeles Galaxy in their last home game is giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of Saturday’s clash.
All Besler, Hoesen, Schoenfeld, Segura, and Sweat are sidelined with injuries, but there are no suspended players in the home team. The Royals, on the other hand, quickly bounced back from a 6-1 loss to Portland Timbers, with the team beating Los Angeles Galaxy at home ground. However, Real Salt Lake often struggle on the travels, which is the main reason why the share of spoils is on the cards. All Brody, MacMath, Silva, Wood, and Farnsworth miss out with injuries for the away team.
Highlighted Player (Nedum Onuoha):
Nedum Onuoha was born in Warri, Nigeria on 12 November, 1986, but he was brought up in Manchester. He attended Xaverian College Manchester and he was a very good student. He was an outstanding junior sprinter as well and it has to be noted that he won the silver medal at the English School’s Athletics Association Junior 100 metres contest.
Speaking of his football career, he began playing at Manchester City at age 18, scoring three goals in 95 league appearances for the Citizens. He spent the 2010/2011 season on loan at Sunderland and in 2012 he signed a four-and-a-half-year deal with Queens Park Rangers.
Despite the fact that he was born in Nigeria, Onuoha was eligible to play for England and you should know that he has 20 caps for England U21 team. However, he was never given a senior England debut despite being really close on several occasions. Onuoha won the Championship play-offs with Queens Park Rangers in the 2013/2014 season.
Highlighted Team (Real Salt Lake):
Real Salt Lake joined Major League Soccer in 2005 as an expansion team of the league and four years later they won their first MLS Cup. The Royals faced star-studded Los Angeles Galaxy in the title game at Qwest Field in Seattle and Jason Kreis’ troops defeated David Beckham and Co. on penalties.
In 2013 Real Salt Lake made it to the MLS Cup final for the second time in the club’s history, but they were beaten by Sporting Kansas City on penalties this time out. The Royals participated in the CONCACAF Champions League final in 2011 as well, but Monterrey of Mexico eventually won the title. Real Salt Lake footballers wear red shirts and blue shorts when playing at home, while the colour of their away kit is white.
The likes of Clint Mathis, Jeff Cunningham and Eddie Pope are some of the notable footballers who played for the club in the past. Jeff Cunningham scored 19 goals in 32 appearances in the league for the Royals.