Our prediction for this MLS match:
Chicago Fire kick off their MLS campaign with a match against Sporting KC at their Toyota Park. Veljko Paunovic's men were producing fine performance in the 2017 MLS campaign and they certainly want to continue where they left last term. The likes of Rafael Ramos, Jon Bakero, Mo Adams and Aleksandar Katai joined the club in the winter, but it remains to be seen if they are going to prove their worth on the field. Sporting Kansas City, on the other hand, did well to make it to the 2017 MLS Cup play-offs, but Houston Dynamo proved to be a big catch for Peter Vermes' troops. It is well known that the Wizards often struggle on the travels and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Chicago's party at Toyota Park. A man to watch in the home team will be last season's top scorer Nemanja Nikolic, who is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders.
Highlighted 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 (Sporting Kansas City):
Sporting Kansas City have been competing in Major League Soccer since 1996 and they won their first MLS Cup trophy in 2000. The club faced Chicago Fire at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Washington in the play-offs final and Miklos Jon Molnar scored the winner for Bob Gansler’s team. 13 years later Sporting Kansas City met with Solt Lake in the title game and they were fortunate to defeat the Royals on penalties. The Wizards welcome their rivals at Children’s Mercy Park, but they used to play some games at Blue Valley Sports Complex, Julian Field, Hermann Stadium and Durwood Soccer Stadium in the past as well. Sporting Kansas City were founded in 1995 and the club’s original name was Kansas City Wiz. The Wizards wear navy blue shirts and dark blue shorts when playing at home, while the colour of their away kit is blue. Former Wigan Athletic man Roger Espinosa is regarded as one of the club’s most notable players and he has been playing for the Children’s Mercy Park outfit since 2015.