Our football match prediction:
Despite the fact that Toronto played without three first-team regulars in Saturday’s football game, Seattle Sounders suffered a 1-0 loss to the Canadian outfit in front of home fans. The title holders are desperate to make amends for the defeat and they are likely to go all guns blazing at Chicago Fire when the two teams face each other at Toyota Park in Bridgeview. USA ace Clint Dempsey has been playing below expectations at the start of the season, but the experienced attacker should not be written off just yet. Chicago Fire, on the other hand, dropped a two-goal advantage in a draw with LA Galaxy at the weekend. Veljko Paunovic’s men are on a three-game winless run in MLS, but Sunday’s football game against Seattle Sounders could be the turning point for the hosts. However, beating the reigning champions is easier said than done and we predict that the two teams will share the spoils at Toyota Park.
Highligted Player (David Arshakyan):
David Arshakyan is a Russian footballer who currently plays for Chicago Fire as a striker. Arshakyan was born on August 16, 1994 and he played for local club Smena St. Petersburg during his youth career. On the other hand, he started his professional career with Armenian club FC Mika, but he made no more than three appearances for the Mika Stadium outfit. The Russian footballer then joined Lithuanian side FK Trakai and he scored 36 goals in 57 appearances for the club in two seasons. On July 28, 2016 he produced probably the best performance of his career as he scored a hat-trick in a victory over FK Utenis Utena. Six days later it was announced that he would join MLS side Chicago Fire on a two-year deal. Arshakyan made his debut for the club on August 27, 2016, coming as a substitute after 56 minutes. Speaking of his international career, the Chicago Fire attacker debuted for Armenian national team on September 4, 2016 against Denmark.
Highlighted Team (Seattle Sounders):
Seattle Sounders are an American soccer club that compete in the Western Conference of Major League Soccer. The Sounders are owned by the likes of Joe Roth, Paul Allen, Drew Carey and Adrian Hanauer and they play their home games at CenturyLink Field. The club won the 2016 MLS Cup, with the team beating Toronto FC on penalties in the trophy game at BMO Field. Swiss goalkeeper Stefan Frei won the MVP honour after pulling off several brilliant saves in the 2016 MLS Cup final. Winning of the MLS Cup is undisputedly the club’s biggest success, but it has to be noted that the Sounders clinched the Supporters’ Shield trophy in 2014. Seattle hold rivalry with Portland Timbers, but Vancouver Whitecaps are regarded as the club’s bitter rivals as well. Experienced attacker Clint Dempsey is undisputedly the club’s most significant star and he has been playing for the CenturyLink Field outfit since 2014. He scored eight goals in the league in the 2016 season and, no doubt, he helped the Sounders win their first ever MLS Cup.