Our prediction for this MLS match:
Minnesota United are on a three-game losing run in MLS ahead of Thursday’s football match against Toronto. The Loons have been struggling at the back of late and, as a result, they occupy ninth place in the Western Conference. Minnesota United struggle against top-table teams, but they are definitely capable of making life difficult for Toronto, who made a very slow start to the season. The Reds sit in the 10th place in the Eastern Conference ahead of the trip to Minneapolis and they aim to make amends for back-to-back losses to the likes of New York City and New York Red Bulls. Jozy Altidore remains in the recovery room and a man to watch in the away team will be Sebastian Giovinco, who missed a penalty in the 1-0 defeat to the Red Bulls. Minnesota and Toronto seem to be evenly matched at the moment and we predict that they are going to share the spoils in the midweek fixture.
Highlighted Player (Felipe Martins):
Felipe Campanholi Martins is a Brazilian footballer who was born on September 30, 1990 in Engenheiro Beltrao. After playing for the likes of PSTC-Londrina, Atletico Catarinense and Campo Grande during his youth career, he started his senior career at Padova.
The Brazilian midfielder appeared in no more than four league matches for the Italian club and in 2009 he moved to Switzerland, signing a deal with FC Winterthur. At the end of the season he joined fellow Swiss Super League club Lugano and he quickly established himself as a first-team regular. In the winter of 2011 Felipe moved to MLS, signing a deal with expansion team Montreal Impact.
He scored his first MLS goal in a 2-0 win over Sporting Kansas City on May 5, 2012 and he has been playing an important role in the team ever since. Felipe has yet to represent Brazil at senior level, but he could play for Canada national team in the future as he applied for permanent residency.
Highlighted Team (Toronto FC):
Toronto is a club based in Canada, but they have been competing in Major League Soccer since 2007. Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment own both the soccer club and National Hockey League’s Toronto Maple Leafs. BMO Field is the club’s home ground and the capacity of the stadium is 30.000.
The Canadian outfit impressed in the 2016 MLS Cup and they faced Seattle Sounders in the title game at BMO Field. However, the Canadians were more than unfortunate not to lift the silverware as they were beaten by the Sounders on penalties.
Speaking of the Canadian Championship, Toronto FC won their fifth domestic title in 2016, with the team beating Vancouver Whitecaps in the final of the tournament. Montreal Impact are considered the club’s biggest rivals and there have always been fireworks in meetings between the two Canadian sides. Toronto FC’s home kit is red and it is no surprise they are nicknamed the Reds. It has to be noted that the club was founded back in 2005.