Our prediction for this MLS match:
Columbus Crew and Orlando City face each other at Lower.com Field in a highly-anticipated Major League Soccer game. Columbus failed to win the previous three league fixtures, with the team scoring only one goal in total in those games. As a result, the Crew dropped to 7th place in the standings. Experienced attacker Gyasi Zardes is widely expected to return to the starting XI, while the likes of Isaiah Parente, Jake Morris, and Kevin Molino should miss out with injuries.
The Lions, on the other hand, aim to build on a hard-fought 1-0 win over Chicago Fire. Orlando City aim to give fans yet another reason for celebration, but beating Columbus on the road is easier said than done. A close encounter is on the cards at Lower.com Field, and we are tempted to put our money on draw. Both Michael Halliday and Antonio Carlos are sidelined with injuries for the away side.
Highlighted Player (Sebastián Méndez):
Born in Mira, Ecuador, on April 26, 1997, Sebastian Mendez plays for Major League Soccer club Orlando City as a midfielder. Mendez began his youth career at Independiente del Valle and he continued playing for the Ecuadorian side at senior level.
After scoring four goals in 81 appearances in the league for Independiente, the Ecuador international moved to Orlando City in 2019, but it has to be noted that he played for Cultural Leonesa on loan in the past as well. Mendez made his MLS debut against New York City on March 2, 2019 and he was replaced by Nani in the 70th minute.
As for his international career, the Orlando City midfielder played his first ever match for the Ecuador national team on September, 12, 2019 against Guatemala. The Ecuadorians won the game 2-0, with Mendez being replaced in 73rd minute of the match. His main position is defensive midfielder, but he is capable of playing as a central midfielder as well.
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.