Our football match prediction:
Sunday’s football match at MAPFRE Stadium pits together Columbus Crew and Philadelphia Union. Columbus aim to build on a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Minnesota United, but the game against the U will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. Philadelphia are not regarded as good travelers, but they have been in a fine form of late and the visitors are definitely capable of grabbing something from the MAPFRE Stadium clash. The U will be without Chris Pontius, Alejandro Bedoya and goalkeeper Andre Blake in Sunday’s game as the trio is on international duty with their respective national teams (USA, Jamaica). In previous three meetings between the two teams Philadelphia emerged triumphant, but we believe that the two teams are going to share the spoils this time out. A man to watch in the home team will be Ola Kamara, who has been scoring goals for fun this season.
Highligted Player (Jukka Raitala):
Columbus Crew full back Jukka Raitala was born in Kerava, Finland on September 15, 1988. Raitala started his senior career at Klubi-04 and after making 22 league appearances for the club, he moved to HJK in 2007. After ending his spell with Helsinki, the Finland international signed a loan deal with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. During his spell with die Kraichgauer he appeared for the reserve team as well and in 2011 he was loaned again, this time out to Osasuna. On August 28, 2011 he made his Primera Division debut with los Rojillos playing as a left back against Atletico Madrid. Raitala played for the likes of Heerenveen, FC Vestsjaelland, Aalborg and Sogndal in the past as well he signed for Columbus Crew for the 2017 season. The Columbus defender made his Finland debut on February 4, 2009 in a friendly against Japan. It has to be noted that he represented Finland at the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship in 2009.
Highlighted Team (Philadelphia Union):
Based in Chester, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Union are an American soccer club that compete in Major League Soccer. The U have been participating in MLS since 2010, but they have yet to win the domestic trophy. Philadelphia welcome their opponents at Talen Energy Stadium, the venue that was opened on June 27, 2010 and current capacity of the stadium is 18.500. The U made it to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final on two occasions (2014, 2015), but they were beaten by Seattle Sounders and Sporting Kansas City respectively in the title games. The likes of D.C. United and New York Red Bulls are regarded as the club’s fiercest rivals, but they share a rivalry with Seattle Sounders as well. Philadelphia’s colours are navy blue and gold, but they wear white shirts and white socks when playing on the road. USA international Freddy Adu is one of the most notable footballers who player for the U in the past. The former Benfica man scored seven goals in 37 appearances for Philadelphia Union in MLS.