Our prediction for this MLS match:
Cincinnati welcome Montreal to their TQL Stadium in what is expected to be a close MLS encounter. Following back-to-back wins over Orlando City and Inter Miami, Cincinnati suffered a 2-0 loss to Charlotte at the weekend to drop to 9th place in the standings. The Orange and Blue outplayed Inter Miami in their last home game, which is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Montreal.
All Gustavo Vallecilla, Beckham Sunderland, and John Nelson should miss out with injuries, while Ronald Matarrita is back from international duty. The Canadian outfit, on the other hand, made a slow start to the season, with the team collecting only one point in total from the first four league fixtures. Considering that Montreal struggle at the back, we predict that Cincinnati will return to winning ways on Saturday. As for the visiting team, the likes of Giraldo, Piette, Hamdi, and Toye remain in the treatment room.
Highlighted Player (Haris Medunjanin):
After spending four seasons at AZ Alkmaar, Haris Medunjanin joined Spanish side Valladolid and he appeared in 42 league games for Pucela. The Bosnian midfielder played for the likes of Sparta Rotterdam, Maccabi Tel Aviv and Gaziantepspor in the past as well and in 2014 he returned to Spain, signing a contract with La Liga side Deportivo La Coruna.
Medunjanin scored two goals in 24 league appearances for the Galician outfit and in 2016 he joined his former club Maccabi Tel Aviv on a one-and-a-half-year deal. The left-footed footballer, who was born on March 8, 1985 won two European Championship titles with Netherlands U-21 team (2006, 2007), but he decided to represent Bosnian and Herzegovina on senior level.
He made his first start for the Balkan Dragons in a 1-0 loss to Portugal in the 2010 FIFA World Cup play-off match. Haris Medunjanin currently plays for Philadelphia Union and his contract with the MLS club expires on January 31, 2017.
Highlighted Team (Montreal CF):
Club de Foot Montréal is a Canadian soccer team, but they compete in Major League Soccer. They are a member of the Eastern Conference and they have been participating in the major league since 2012. Montreal welcome their opponents at Saputo Stadium and the capacity of the club’s home ground is 20.801.
The construction of the stadium cost CA$17 million and the venue was opened on May 18, 2008. The Saputo family invested $7.5 million in the construction of the stadium and, as a result, the venue was named Saputo Stadium. Montreal CF did remarkably well to make it to the CONCACAF Champions League final in the 2014/2015 season, but Mexican team America proved to be a big catch for the Canadian outfit in the title game.
Speaking of the Canadian championship, the Impact won their third domestic trophy in 2014, with the team beating Toronto FC in the final of the tournament. Montreal Impact play their home matches in blue and black shirts and black shorts, while the colour of their away kit is white.