Our prediction for this MLS match:
Sunday’s football game at BBVA Compass Stadium pits together Houston Dynamo and Columbus Crew, the two sides who have been producing fine performances at the start of the season. Houston Dynamo have already registered four wins in the 2019 season and it has to be noted that they are on a three-game winning run at home ground. The hosts aim to remain in the play-offs berth and they are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in Sunday’s clash.
Columbus Crew, on the other hand, have been having their ups and downs of late. Following back-to-back wins over Atlanta United and New England, the team suffered two consecutive defeats to the likes of Montreal Impact and Portland Timbers. Anyhow, Houston Dynamo and Columbus Crew seem to be evenly matched at the moment and we predict that they are going to share the spoils at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Highlighted Player (Tyler Deric):
Tyler Deric is a product of Houston Dynamo football academy. On February 27, 2009 the USA goalkeeper signed a professional development deal with the Dynamo and he made his senior debut for the club on October 16, 2010.
The shoot-stopper, who was born on August 30, 1988 played for the likes of Austin Aztex, San Antonio Scorpions and Rio Grande Valley FC Toros in the past as well, but he has yet to earn his first call-up for USA national soccer team. Speaking of his personal life, it has to be noted that Tyler Deric and his teammate Warren Creavelle were arrested in 2012 following a row with a police officer.
The 191-cm-tall goalkeeper conceded six goals in 10 appearances for Houston Dynamo in the 2016 MLS campaign and he did well to keep six clean sheets. During his youth career Tyler played for North Carolina Tar Heels, but, as previously mentioned, Houston Dynamo coaches helped him improve his goalkeeping skills.
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.