Our prediction for this MLS match:
After recording a hard-fought 1-0 win over Chicago Fire, DC United will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they take on Orlando City at Audi Field. DC United did well to put an end to their three-game losing run, and, no doubt, the midweek triumph gave them a confidence boost. The capital club aim to keep their 100% record at home intact, and we are positive that they will adopt an attack-minded approach in Monday’s clash.
All Hamid, Odoi-Atsem, and Reyna are sidelined with injuries, but there are no suspended players in the home team. Orlando City, on the other hand, head into the match following a 1-1 draw with New York City. The Lions aim to extend their unbeaten run to five games, but seeing that DC United are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we predict that the visitors will return to Florida empty-handed. All Loera, Pato, and Rosell are sidelined with injuries for the visiting team.
Highlighted Player (Felipe Martins):
Felipe Campanholi Martins is a Brazilian footballer who was born on September 30, 1990 in Engenheiro Beltrao. After playing for the likes of PSTC-Londrina, Atletico Catarinense and Campo Grande during his youth career, he started his senior career at Padova.
The Brazilian midfielder appeared in no more than four league matches for the Italian club and in 2009 he moved to Switzerland, signing a deal with FC Winterthur. At the end of the season he joined fellow Swiss Super League club Lugano and he quickly established himself as a first-team regular. In the winter of 2011 Felipe moved to MLS, signing a deal with expansion team Montreal Impact.
He scored his first MLS goal in a 2-0 win over Sporting Kansas City on May 5, 2012 and he has been playing an important role in the team ever since. Felipe has yet to represent Brazil at senior level, but he could play for Canada national team in the future as he applied for permanent residency.
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.