Our prediction for this MLS match:
Sunday’s football game at BBVA Compass Stadium pits together Houston Dynamo and Colorado Rapids, the two teams who sit in the opposite halves of the table. Houston missed out on a place in the Western Conference playoffs, and given their displays in back-to-back defeats to Los Angeles Galaxy and Austin, home win should not be considered. All Baird, Bajamich, Jones and Lemoine are out of contention with injuries.
The Rapids, on the other hand, aim to regain top position in the standings. Colorado suffered a 1-0 loss to New England Revolution in their last league match, but they are surely capable of beating Houston Dynamo, who have nothing to play for in the regular season finale. A man to keep an eye on in the away team will be Diego Rubio, who has netted five goals so far this season. Anyhow, the visitors want this win more than the hosts, and we predict that Robin Fraser’s troops are going to prove their worth on the field.
Highlighted Player (Mauro Manotas):
Born in Sabanalarga, Colombia on July 15, 1995, Mauro Manotas is a 178-cm tall attacker who plays for Houston Dynamo in MLS. Manotas is a product of the Uniautonoma football school, and he made 25 appearances for the club at senior level.
He made his Uniautonoma debut in a 3-2 win over Valledupar FC on May 29, 2013. Manotas scored his first goal for the club on August 13, 2014 in a Copa Colombia loss to Valledupar. In 2015 he decided to take a step forward in his career, with the Colombia international joining the Major League Soccer side Houston Dynamo.
Mauro Manotas made his MLS debut in a 2-0 loss to Dallas on June 27, 2015, while scoring his first goal in the league in a 2-2 draw with Minnesota United on April 16, 2017. Manotas has yet to receive a call-up for the Colombia national football team, but he has three caps with the U20 team. He scored his first international goal in a 2-1 loss to Brazil on January 23, 2015.
Highlighted Team (Colorado Rapids):
Colorado Rapids is a Major League Soccer club and they compete in the USA professional soccer league as a member of the Western Conference. Colorado began their play in MLS back in 1996 and 14 years later they managed to win the MLS Cup trophy. The Rapids recorded a 2-1 win over FC Dallas in the final of the tournament, with George John scoring the winner for Gary Smith’s team in the extra time. Colorado made it to the MLS Cup final in 1997 as well, but D.C. United proved to be a big catch for the club in the title game.
The Rapids play their home games at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park and the venue has been Colorado’s home ground since 2007. It has to be noted that the likes of Tim Howard, Carlos Valderama, Claudio Lopez and Jermaine Jones were all part of the club in the past. Colorado’s colors are red, sky blue and white, but they were yellow shirts and blue shorts when playing on the travels.