Our football match prediction:
Bottom dwellers in both Eastern and Western conference are locking horns on Sunday looking to end respective poor stretches and go beyond plenty of selection issues that have been troubling them.
Five matches without a single win can get into your head and Minnesota United will need to be on top of their game if they are to get anything out of their matchup with DC United. Adrian Heath’s charges are missing a couple of notable players for the forthcoming match and will face a proper challenge knowing that Burch, Calvo, Greenspan and Taylor will not be able to help out their team. And with Cronin, Demidov, Schuller and Venegas all in serious doubt, Minnesota’s chances of winning are rather slim. The situation is not anything different at DC United. Ben Olsen guided his men through six successice defeats in all competitions and will be under great pressure to deliver on Sunday. Five of those six wins came on the road for DC United so their trip to Minnesota offers little promise and reassurance, more so knowing that Hamid, Mullins and Vincent will all be unavailable for selection.
Highligted 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 (DC United):
D.C. United have been participating in the Eastern Conference of the MLS since 1996. The capital club play their home games at RFK Stadium Washington and they are nicknamed the Black and Red. D.C. United won their fourth MLS Cup in 2004 and in 1998 the club clinched the Copa Interamericana trophy by beating Vasco da Gama of Brazil in the title game. The Black and Red won the Eastern Conference on five occasions (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2004) and, as a result, they are regarded as one of the most successful clubs in the history of MLS. Andy Najar, Eddie Pope, Jaime Moreno, John Harkes, Ryan Nelsen, Christian Gomez, Nick Rimando, Richie Williams, Clyde Simms, Tony Sanneh, Marco Etcheverry and Santino Quaranta are some of the club’s most famous players. Speaking of D.C. United fans, the club has four big supporters groups: La Norte, La Barra Brava, the Screaming Eagles and La Norte and the club’s mascot is Talon, the bald eagle.