Our prediction for this MLS match:
Columbus play host to Toronto at their Lower.com Field in what is expected to be one of the most exciting games of Sunday’s program. The Crew are seen as hot favourites to win this match, but the Reds should not be underestimated. Anyhow, Columbus’ performance in a 3-0 win over Cincinnati is giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Toronto. Midfielder William Sands is sidelined with a knee injury, but he should be the only absentee in the home team.
The Canadians, on the other hand, are on a nine-game losing in the Major League Soccer, which is probably the main reason why we are going to bet on the home team. As for the visiting side, Raoul Petretta is banned for the match, while all Sean Johnson, Latif Blessing, Gregory Ranjitsingh, Cristian Gutierrez, and Adama Diomande are out of contention through injuries.
Highlighted Player (Alex Bono):
Alex Bono is an American footballer who plays for Toronto FC as a goalkeeper. Born in Syracuse, New York on April 25, 1994, Bono started his career at Reading United. After making 18 appearances for the club, the 24-year-old shot-stopper moved to Toronto FC in 2015 and he has been playing for the Reds ever since.
In 2017 Alex Bono won the MLS cup as Toronto defeated Seattle Sounders 2-0 in the title game. The 191-cm-tall goalkeeper won the Canadian Championship on three occasions (2016, 2017, 2018) and it has to be noted that he clinched fourth place in the 2017 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Award.
Speaking of his international career, Alex Bono was called into a training camp for the USA men’s national soccer team in January, 2015. He made his senior debut on May 28, 2018 against Bolivia, keeping a clean-sheet in the 3-0 victory over the South American side.
Highlighted Team (Columbus Crew):
Columbus Crew are an American soccer club based in Columbus, Ohio. The Black & Gold participate in the Eastern Conference and in 2008 they won both the conference and the MLS CUP final. Columbus Crew defeated New York Red Bulls in the MLS Cup final, with the likes of Moreno, Marshall and Hejduk scoring for the Black & Gold in the title game.
The club welcome their rivals at Mapfre Stadium, the venue which was opened on May, 15 1999. The current capacity of the stadium is 19.968 and it has to be noted that Mapfre Stadium is the first soccer-specific venue ever built for a MLS club.
A number of high-profile players were part of Columbus Crew in the past, but Guillermo Barros Schelotto is the most famous footballer that wore the black and yellow shirt. Schelotto played for Columbus Crew from 2007 to 2010 and during his spell with the Mapfre Stadium outfit the Black & Gold won the aforementioned MLS Cup.