Our prediction for this MLS match:
Chicago Fire will be looking to make amends for back-to-back losses to the likes of Sporting Kansas City and Cincinnati when they host Columbus Crew at their SeatGeek Stadium. Veljko Paunovic’s troops are determined to rejoin the race for a place in the MLS play-offs, meaning that Thursday’s football match is of big importance for the hosts. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be C.J. Sapong, who has netted 8 goals in the Major League Soccer so far this season.
Columbus Crew, on the other hand, suffered eight defeats in previous nine league fixtures and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Chicago Fire’s party at SeatGeek Stadium. Chicago failed to beat Columbus in previous four meetings between the two teams in the Major League Soccer, but the time has come for Veljko Paunovic’s men to put an end to the negative trend.
Highlighted Player (Bastian Schweinsteiger):
After making a name for himself at Bayern Munich, Bastian Schweinsteiger moved to Manchester United in 2015 for a fee of €9 million. The German midfielder won eight Bundesliga titles with Bayern Munich, but he has yet to win the Premier League trophy with Manchester United.
However, winning the 2014 FIFA World Cup trophy with Germany is considered Bastian’s biggest success and it is well known that he won the bronze medal with die Manschaft at the 2006 and the 2010 World Cup finals. Schweinsteiger was born on 1 August, 1984 and he scored 45 goals in 342 appearances for Bayern Munich. The German international, though, failed to impress in the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign with Manchester United as he scored no more than one goal in 18 appearances for the Old Trafford outfit.
Bastian Schweinsteiger netted once for Germany at the Euro 2016 finals and later in July he married Serbian tennis player Ana Ivanovic.
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.