Our prediction for this MLS match:
Toronto will look to get their revenge on Cincinnati for a 2-1 loss at BMO Field when the two teams face each other at TQL Stadium on Thursday. The Reds have been struggling at the back of late, with the team conceding seven goals in total in the previous two league fixtures. The bad news for the Canadian outfit is that defender Chris Mavinga suffered an injury at the weekend. Cincinnati quickly bounced back from a 2-1 loss to Los Angeles FC, with the team regaining a much-needed confidence.
Pat Noonan’s troops aim to give fans yet another reason for celebration, and the bookies see them as favourites to win the midweek clash. A man to watch in the home team will be Argentine midfielder Luciano Acosta, who has found his goal-scoring touch of late, while all Cameron, Gaddis, and Kann should miss out with injuries. Anyhow, home win should be considered as Cincinnati have been in a much better form of late than Toronto.
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 (Toronto FC):
Toronto is a club based in Canada, but they have been competing in Major League Soccer since 2007. Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment own both the soccer club and National Hockey League’s Toronto Maple Leafs. BMO Field is the club’s home ground and the capacity of the stadium is 30.000.
The Canadian outfit impressed in the 2016 MLS Cup and they faced Seattle Sounders in the title game at BMO Field. However, the Canadians were more than unfortunate not to lift the silverware as they were beaten by the Sounders on penalties.
Speaking of the Canadian Championship, Toronto FC won their fifth domestic title in 2016, with the team beating Vancouver Whitecaps in the final of the tournament. Montreal Impact are considered the club’s biggest rivals and there have always been fireworks in meetings between the two Canadian sides. Toronto FC’s home kit is red and it is no surprise they are nicknamed the Reds. It has to be noted that the club was founded back in 2005.