Our prediction for this MLS match:
Soldier Field will host Thursday’s football game between Chicago Fire and New York City, the two teams who sit in the opposite halves of the table. Chicago aim to put an end to their four-game winless run, and we are positive that they will adopt an attack-minded approach in the midweek clash. Omsberg is banned for the match, while both Kronholm and Teran are sidelined with injuries.
The Blue Pigeons, on the other hand, have found their best form of late, with the team rolling over both Orlando City (5-0) and Columbus Crew (4-1), while beating Montreal thanks to Ismael Tajouri’s goal. New York City are eager to give fans yet another reason for celebration, and given Chicago’s anything but good form, punters from all around the globe can find value in betting on the visiting team. Both Zelalem and Heber are sidelined with injuries, while Johnson and Sands are rated doubtful for the match.
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 (New York City):
New York City are an American soccer club and they have been competing in Major League Soccer since 2015. The Pigeons play their home games at Yankee Stadium and they are the second club in New York after the New York Red Bulls.
Famous Arsenal player Patrick Vieira took over the reins in January, 2016 and he helped the team finish the season in second place in the Eastern Conference. However, they were totally outclassed by Toronto FC (0-7 on aggregate) in the conference semifinals.
New York City chiefs have been pumping up a lot of money into the squad ever since the team began play in MLS and it has to be noted that the likes of Andrea Pirlo and David Villa played for the Pigeons in the 2016 season. New York City footballers wear sky blue shirts when playing at home, while the colour of the team’s away kit is dark blue.
Companies City Football Group (80%) and Yankee Global Enterprises own the club.