Our prediction for this MLS match:
Sunday’s football game at Nippert Stadium pits together Cincinnati and New York City, the two teams who sit in the opposite halves of the table. Cincinnati occupy penultimate position in the standings ahead of the visit of New York City, who are on the right track to book their place in the playoffs. The hosts have already suffered 11 defeats in the new MLS campaign, and given their poor display in a 4-0 loss at Atlanta, home win should not be considered.
Both Acosta and Barreal are pushing for a start, while van der Werff and Gyau remain in the recovery room. Goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer remains on the sidelines through illness. The Blue Pigeons, on the other hand, will not have a better chance than this to return to winning ways. New York City aim to put an end to their three-match winless run, and they are likely to take advantage of Atlanta’s shaky defence. Keep in mind, though, that talented attacker Thiago Andrade misses the match through suspension.
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 (New York City):
New York City are an American soccer club and they have been competing in Major League Soccer since 2015. The Pigeons play their home games at Yankee Stadium and they are the second club in New York after the New York Red Bulls.
Famous Arsenal player Patrick Vieira took over the reins in January, 2016 and he helped the team finish the season in second place in the Eastern Conference. However, they were totally outclassed by Toronto FC (0-7 on aggregate) in the conference semifinals.
New York City chiefs have been pumping up a lot of money into the squad ever since the team began play in MLS and it has to be noted that the likes of Andrea Pirlo and David Villa played for the Pigeons in the 2016 season. New York City footballers wear sky blue shirts when playing at home, while the colour of the team’s away kit is dark blue.
Companies City Football Group (80%) and Yankee Global Enterprises own the club.