Our prediction for this MLS match:
All eyes will be on MAPFRE Stadium when Columbus Crew and New York City go head to head in the Major League Soccer on Sunday morning. Columbus aim to put an end to their four-match winless run, and we are positive that they will adopt an attack-minded approach against New York City. Keep in mind, though, that important attacker Gyasi Zardes is on international duty with USA, while defender Harrison Afful is suspended. The likes of Derrick Etienne (Haiti), Liam Fraser (Canada), Kevin Molino (Trinidad & Tobago), and Eloy Room (Curacao) take part at the Gold Cup as well.
The Pigeons, on the other hand, aim to bounce back from a 2-1 loss to Montreal. New York City have been having their ups and downs on the road this season, but they should take advantage of the home team’s absentees. Both Sean Johnson and James Sands represent United States of America at the 2021 Gold Cup. In their last meeting in MLS Columbus defeated New York, meaning that the visitors are hungry for revenge.
Highlighted Player (Fanendo Adi):
After spending his youth career at Lagos Islanders and Union Bank, Fanendo Adi moved to Trencic of Slovakia in 2009. The Nigeria international played for the likes of Metalurh Donetsk, Dynamo Kiev, Tavriya Simferopol, Copenhagen and Portland Timbers as well before joining FC Cincinnati.
Adi was born in Lagos (Nigeria) on October 10, 1990 and he has two caps for the Nigeria U23 national team. However, he has yet to make his debut for the senior team. The Cincinnati forward was called up to the senior squad in the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifiers, but he did not see any game action. Fanendo Adi made his MLS debut for Cincinnati on March 3, 2019 in a 4-1 loss to Seattle Sounders.
His main position is centre forward and his preferred foot is right. His biggest success is winning of the 2015 MLS Cup where Portland Timbers defeated Columbus Crew 2-1 in the title game.
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.