Our prediction for this MLS match:
Chicago Fire will be looking to build on a hard-fought 1-0 win over Inter Miami when they face Club de Foot Montreal at their Soldier Field. Chicago did well to put an end to their four-game losing run, with the team recording their first win of the process. Raphael Wicky’s troops regained a much-needed confidence at the weekend, and we are positive that they will adopt an attack-minded approach in Saturday’s clash.
Serbian midfielder Luka Stojanovic, who scored the winner against Inter Miami, is widely expected to return to the starting XI. Montreal, on the other hand, aim to make amends for back-to-back defeats to Atlanta United and Cincinnati. The Canadians suffered a dip in form, and given Chicago’s display in the triumph over Gonzalo Higuain and Co, home win should definitely be considered. All Binks, Tabla, and Toye are likely to miss the game with injuries for the visiting team.
Highlighted Player (Francisco Calvo):
Francisco Calvo is a product of Sarprissa football academy. The Costa Rica international started his senior career at his homeland club Herediano, playing as a defender. Calvo played for the likes of Perez Zeledon, Nordsjaelland, Santos and Sarprissa before joining Minnesota United in 2017 and it has to be noted that he made his MLS debut on March 4, 2017 in a 5-1 loss to Portland Timbers.
The Costa Rica defender quickly proved his worth in the Major League Soccer and in 2018 he was selected as an MLS All-Star, becoming the first ever Loons player to receive the honour. As for his international career, Francisco Calvo made his Costa Rica debut on July 2, 2011 in a Copa America loss to Colombia.
The Minnesota United man is used as both centre and left back and his preferred foot is left. Calvo was born in San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, on July 8, 1992.
Highlighted Team (Montreal):
Montreal is a Canadian soccer team, but they compete in Major League Soccer. Montreal are a member of the Eastern Conference and they have been participating in the major league since 2012. Montreal welcome their opponents at Saputo Stadium and the capacity of the club’s home ground is 20.801.
The construction of the stadium cost CA$17 million and the venue was opened on May 18, 2008. The Saputo family invested $7.5 million in the construction of the stadium and, as a result, the venue was named Saputo Stadium. Montreal did remarkably well to make it to the CONCACAF Champions League final in the 2014/2015 season, but Mexican team America proved to be a big catch for the Canadian outfit in the title game.
Speaking of the Canadian championship, the Montreal won their third domestic trophy in 2014, with the team beating Toronto FC in the final of the tournament. Montreal play their home matches in blue and black shirts and black shorts, while the colour of their away kit is white.