Our prediction for this MLS match:
There will be fireworks when Cincinnati and Columbus Crew face each other at TQL Stadium in the Major League Soccer. Following back-to-back wins over Chicago Fire and Toronto, Cincinnati shared the spoils with Houston Dynamo in their last league fixture. The Orange and Blue are high on spirits ahead of the visit of Columbus, but the hosts face an uphill task in Saturday’s clash. All Bailey, Harris, and van der Werff are likely to miss the game through injuries.
Caleb Porter’s troops head into the match following back-to-back draws with Austin and New England Revolution. Columbus are not regarded as good travellers, and seeing that they failed to find the net in the previous two away games, a low-scoring affair is on the cards at TQL Stadium. It has to be noted that Milton Valenzuela has joined Wright-Phillips, Williams, and Morris in the recovery room.
Highlighted Player (Kendall Waston):
Kendall Waston is yet another Costa Rican footballer who plays in MLS. The Vancouver Whitecaps centre back started his senior career at Sarprissa of Costa Rica and he played for the likes of Carmelita, Nacional, Bayamon, UCR and Perez Zeledon (on loan) in the past as well.
Waston moved to MLS in the summer of 2014, signing a deal with Vancouver Whitecaps. The Costa Rica international scored only two goals in 11 appearances for the club in the 2014 season, but the club chiefs decided to keep hold of him. He found the net twice in 30 league games in the 2015 MLS campaign, while scoring three goals in his last season with the Canadian club.
Kendall Waston was born in San Jose, Costa Rica on January 1, 1988 and he made his debut for the Costa Rica national team in May, 2013 in a match against Canada. The Vancouver Whitecaps forward scored his first goal for los Ticos on December 16, 2015 in a 1-0 victory over Nicaragua.
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.