Our prediction for this MLS match:
Sunday’s football game at Nippert Stadium pits together Cincinnati and Columbus Crew. The start of the season has been a mixed bag for Cincinnati, but it is more than obvious that they have made some progress in comparison with the previous MLS campaign. Former Netherlands centre-back Jaap Stam is doing a great job with the Nippert Stadium outfit, but the game against Columbus Crew will be anything but a walk in the park for the home side.
The Black & Gold aim to retain top position in the Eastern Conference, and, no doubt, they will give 100% to bounce back from a 1-0 loss to New York City. Nonetheless, away win should not be considered as Cincinnati were producing fine performances at the MLS is back tournament. Goalkeeper Spencer Richey is rated doubtful for the hosts, while the likes of Mokhtar, Room, Wormgoor, and Zelarayan are all out of contention through injury for the visitors.
Highlighted Player (Kendall Waston):
Kendall Waston is yet another Costa Rican footballer who plays in MLS. The Vancouver Whitecaps centre back started his senior career at Sarprissa of Costa Rica and he played for the likes of Carmelita, Nacional, Bayamon, UCR and Perez Zeledon (on loan) in the past as well.
Waston moved to MLS in the summer of 2014, signing a deal with Vancouver Whitecaps. The Costa Rica international scored only two goals in 11 appearances for the club in the 2014 season, but the club chiefs decided to keep hold of him. He found the net twice in 30 league games in the 2015 MLS campaign, while scoring three goals in his last season with the Canadian club.
Kendall Waston was born in San Jose, Costa Rica on January 1, 1988 and he made his debut for the Costa Rica national team in May, 2013 in a match against Canada. The Vancouver Whitecaps forward scored his first goal for los Ticos on December 16, 2015 in a 1-0 victory over Nicaragua.
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.