Our prediction for this MLS match:
After suffering a heavy 3-0 loss to Real Salt Lake, Colorado Rapids will be aiming to return to winning ways in MLS when they host Orlando City at their Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Colorado produce much better showings at home than on the travels and the fact that they recorded back-to-back wins over Philadelphia and Toronto in previous two home fixtures is giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of Sunday's football match. Orlando City have been producing splendid displays of late, with the team recording a win in each of their previous four league fixtures, but this game will be anything but a walk in the park for the visitors. Anyhow, the Lions are likely to stick to their attacking style of play and we predict the two teams are going to play out a high-scoring draw in Colorado. A man to watch in the away team will be Dom Dwyer, who has netted five goals in MLS so far this term.
Highlighted Player (Tommy Smith):
Tommy Smith is a left-footed defender who plays at centre back. Smith is capable of playing as left back as well and he represents New Zealand on the international stage. He was born in Macclesfield, Cheshire, but seeing that he was resided in New Zealand he was eligible to play for both England and All Whites. The New Zealand international played for the likes of Crewe Alexandra, North Shore United and Ipswich Town during his youth career and he made his debut for the first team in Ipswich’s 2-1 defeat to Preston North End in the opening match of the 2008/2009 campaign. Tommy Smith impressed in the 2013/2014 Championship campaign with the Tractor Boys as he scored 6 goals in 45 league appearances for the club. Speaking of his international career, Smith made his full New Zealand debut on 3 March, 2010 in a 2-0 loss to Mexico. He scored his first goal for the All Whites in the 2014 World Cup qualifier against Fiji. Smith was born on 31 March 1990.
Highlighted Team (Orlando City):
Orlando City are a member of the Eastern Conference in Major League Soccer. The Lions have been participating in the major league since 2015 and they host their rivals at Orlando City Stadium. The venue was opened in February, 2017 and the construction of the stadium cost $155 million. Orlando City finished the 2015 MLS season in seventh place in the Eastern Conference and they failed to make it to the play-offs in the 2016 season as well (8th place). Brazilian ace Kaka is undisputedly the club’s most famous player and the former Real Madrid and Milan man became the highest-paid player in MLS history. His base salary was $6.6 million per year and it has to be noted that the Brazilian superstar found the net on his Orlando City debut against FC Dallas (friendly). Orlando City’s home kit is violet, while they wear white and violet shirts and white socks on the travels. The club’s official mascot is Kingston the Lion.