Our prediction for this MLS match:
Los Angeles Galaxy will be aiming to make amends for back-to-back defeats to Seattle Sounders and Minnesota United when they take on Real Salt Lake. LA Galaxy missed out on a spot in the playoffs, meaning that they head into Sunday’s clash with the lack of motivation. All Riqui Puig, Chris Mavinga, Lucas Calegari, Jalen Neal, Gaston Brugman, Martin Caceres, and Javier Hernandez should miss out with injuries for the home team.
The Royals, on the other hand, aim to make amends for a 3-2 loss to Sporting Kansas City and seeing that they should be happy with one point from the match, we are tempted to put our money on draw. Defender Justen Glad is banned for the match, while all Jasper Loffelsend, Erik Holt, and Pablo Ruiz remain in the recovery room. In their last meeting at the venue the two teams played out a 1-1 draw.
Highlighted Player (Martin Caceres):
Martin Caceres is a widely travelled and well known Uruguayan professional footballer who plays for Juventus. Primarily a central defender, Caceres is known for his tenacity, pace, strength, tackling and aerial ability. He is versatile and can operate as full-back on either sides too. Caceres started his career at Defensor Sporting and became a regular at a very young age.
In 2007, he went to Spanish side Villarreal but never officially appeared for them. He then was snapped up by Barcelona in 2008 for a reported transfer fee of € 16.5 million. But his only season at the Camp Nou was marred with injuries and moved to Juventus in 2012 via a short stop at Sevilla.
Caceres made his full senior team debut in 2007 and was a successful member of the team that won the 2011 Copa America. He also played at the 2014 World Cup and has 68 national caps to his credit.
Highlighted Team (Real Salt Lake):
Real Salt Lake joined Major League Soccer in 2005 as an expansion team of the league and four years later they won their first MLS Cup. The Royals faced star-studded Los Angeles Galaxy in the title game at Qwest Field in Seattle and Jason Kreis’ troops defeated David Beckham and Co. on penalties.
In 2013 Real Salt Lake made it to the MLS Cup final for the second time in the club’s history, but they were beaten by Sporting Kansas City on penalties this time out. The Royals participated in the CONCACAF Champions League final in 2011 as well, but Monterrey of Mexico eventually won the title. Real Salt Lake footballers wear red shirts and blue shorts when playing at home, while the colour of their away kit is white.
The likes of Clint Mathis, Jeff Cunningham and Eddie Pope are some of the notable footballers who played for the club in the past. Jeff Cunningham scored 19 goals in 32 appearances in the league for the Royals.