Our football match prediction:
Chicago Fire did not kick off the new MLS campaign in great manner, with the team suffering a 4-3 loss to Sporting Kansas City in front of home fans. Veljko Paunovic's men were on the verge of beating the Wizards at their Toyota Park, but the visitors eventually scored two late goals and picked up all three points from the match. Serbian-born attacker Nemanja Nikolic scored a brace in the opening match of the season, meaning that he is determined to continue where he left last term. Nikolic is undisputedly Chicago's key player and all eyes will be on him when the Fire take on Minnesota United at TCF Bank Stadium. The Loons, on the other hand, quickly bounced back from a 3-2 loss to San Jose Earthquakes, with the team beating Orlando City 2-1 on the road at the weekend. Yet another high-scoring affair is on the cards, but we are tempted to put our money on the visitors, who were more than unfortunate not to grab something from the Sporting KC clash.
Highlighted Player (Johan Venegas):
Johan Venegas is a winger who plays for both Minnesota United and Costa Rica national football team. The pacey winger, who was born on November 27, 1988, began his senior career at Santos and he made no less than 58 league appearances for the Costa Rican club from 2009 to 2012. After ending his spell with Santos, he joined fellow Primera Division side Puntarenas and in 2013 he signed a contract with Alajuelense. During his last season at the club he was on Montreal Impact’s radar and in December, 2016 he moved to MLS, joining Minnesota United. Speaking of his international career Johan Venegas made his Costa Rica debut in September, 2015 in a Copa Centroamericana game against Nicaragua. He marked his debut with a goal, scoring Costa Rica’s 100th goal in the history of the tournament. Johan Venegas, who is capable of playing as a left midfielder and a secondary striker as well, has a contract with Minnesota which expires on a Decembar, 31 2017.
Highlighted Team (Chicago Fire):
Based in the suburb of Bridgeview, Illinois, Chicago Fire are a professional soccer club who compete in Major League Soccer. Chicago Fire were founded on October 8, 1997 and one year later they won the MLS Cup by beating D.C. United (2-0) in the title game. The club play their home games at Toyota Park, the venue that was opened on June 11, 2006. Chicago Fire won four U.S. Open Cups (1998, 2000, 2003 and 2006) and in 2009 they were beaten by UANL Tigres in the North American Superliga final. The likes of Chris Armas, DeMarcus Beasley, Brian McBride, Eric Wynalda and Frank Klopas are some of the notable footballers who played for Chicago Fire in the past. It has to be noted that a number of veterans were part of the club as well: Cuauhtemoc Blanco, Pavel Pardo, Piotr Nowak, Hristo Stoichkov and Lubos Kubik. The club’s official coloures are red and white and they are nicknamed Men in Red. Veljko Paunovic, who won the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup with Serbia, is one of the club’s most famous coaches.