Our prediction for this MLS match:
After impressing in pre-season, Columbus Crew will be looking to get off to a flying start to their MLS campaign when they face New York City on Sunday. David Accam is no longer part of the squad, but the likes of Lucas Zelarayan, Vito Wormgoor, Matt Lampson, and Axel Sjoberg are widely expected to help the team improve their game. Columbus are tough to beat at home, which is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of New York City.
The visitors, on the other hand, have big ambitions for the upcoming MLS season, but they will have to prove their worth on the field. A man to keep an eye on in the away team will be Argentina rising start Valentin Castellanos, who is likely to help the visiting team grab something from the match.
Highlighted Player (Alexander Ring):
Born in Helsinki, Finland, Alexander Ring is a Finnish footballer who plays for MLS club New York City. Before joining the City, Ring played for the likes of Klubi-04, Tampere United, HJK Helsinki, Borussia M’gladbach and Kaiserslautern.
His main position is central midfield, but he is capable of playing as a defensive midfielder and a right midfielder as well. Alexander Ring made his debut for the Finland national football team in June, 2011 in a 5-0 loss to Sweden. Despite the fact that he failed to impress on his debut, Finnish football star Roman Eremenko described him as a fantastic player.
Over the years Ring has established himself as a first-team regular in the national team and it has to be noted that he scored his first ever goal for Finland on March 26, 2013 against Luxembourg. Speaking of his club trophies, the Finnish footballer won the national championship with Helsinki on two occasions (2010, 2011). His preferred foot is right.
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.