Our prediction for this MLS match:
Houston Dynamo and Seattle Sounders face each other at Shell Energy Stadium in a highly-anticipated MLS game. The Orange County have been in a fine form of late, with the team beating both Los Angeles Galaxy and Inter Miami, while sharing the spoils with New York Red Bulls and Real Salt Lake. Houston Dynamo have been impressive at home ground so far this term (4-1-0), which is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Seattle. All Erik Sviatchenko, Tate Schmitt, and Ifunanyachi Achara remain in the recovery room.
The Sounders, on the other hand, aim to recover from a 2-1 loss to Sporting Kansas City, but given their poor display in the US Open Cup defeat to Los Angeles Galaxy (1-3), we are tempted to put our money on Houston Dynamo. As for the visiting team, all Kelyn Rowe, Cristian Roldan, Raul Ruidiaz, and Jacob Castro remain on the sidelines with injuries, while Nouhou Tolo is a major doubt.
Highlighted Player (Hector Herrera):
Mexico international Hector Herrera is a 26-year-old midfielder playing for Portugal giants FC Porto. Herrera began his career with Pachuca in 2010 and spent three years at the club before being sold to Porto. During his first season with the Dragons Herrera struggled for playing time, but he went on to cement his place in the starting eleven, becoming one of the most valuable players for the club.
Herrera has since them racked up over 110 performances for the Portugal side, scoring over 20 goals in the process. Full Mexico international since 2012, Hector Herrera represented his country at the 2014 World Cup.
During the summer of 2016 Herrera was heavily linked with a move away from Porto and was reported to have made a personal agreement with Italian side Napoli, but the €25 million asking price proved to be a stumbling block that ended up ruining the deal.
Highlighted Team (Seattle Sounders):
Seattle Sounders are an American soccer club that compete in the Western Conference of Major League Soccer. The Sounders are owned by the likes of Joe Roth, Paul Allen, Drew Carey and Adrian Hanauer and they play their home games at CenturyLink Field.
The club won the 2016 MLS Cup, with the team beating Toronto FC on penalties in the trophy game at BMO Field. Swiss goalkeeper Stefan Frei won the MVP honor after pulling off several brilliant saves in the 2016 MLS Cup final.
Winning of the MLS Cup is undisputedly the club’s biggest success, but it has to be noted that the Sounders clinched the Supporters’ Shield trophy in 2014. Seattle hold rivalry with Portland Timbers, but Vancouver Whitecaps are regarded as the club’s bitter rivals as well.
Experienced attacker Clint Dempsey is undisputedly the club’s most significant star and he has been playing for the CenturyLink Field outfit since 2014. He scored eight goals in the league in the 2016 season and, no doubt, he helped the Sounders win their first ever MLS Cup.