Our prediction for this MLS match:
After failing to impress in the pre-season, Montreal Impact will be looking to give fans something to cheer about when they take on New England at their Stade Olympique. Montreal missed out on a place in the play-offs last term, and, no doubt, they are eager to make amends for the unsuccessful campaign. The Canadians are seen as favourites to win Saturday’s football match, but they will have to prove their worth on the field.
The Revs, on the other hand, were having their ups and downs in pre-season. New England are eager to kick off the new MLS season in style, but the game against Montreal will be anything but a walk in the park for the visitors. One of the men to watch in the away team will be new signing Alexander Buttner, who played for Eredivisie side Vitesse in the 2018/2019 season. Anyhow, a close encounter is on the cards as the two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment.
Highlighted Player (Jukka Raitala):
Columbus Crew full back Jukka Raitala was born in Kerava, Finland on September 15, 1988. Raitala started his senior career at Klubi-04 and after making 22 league appearances for the club, he moved to HJK in 2007. After ending his spell with Helsinki, the Finland international signed a loan deal with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.
During his spell with die Kraichgauer he appeared for the reserve team as well and in 2011 he was loaned again, this time out to Osasuna. On August 28, 2011 he made his Primera Division debut with los Rojillos playing as a left back against Atletico Madrid. Raitala played for the likes of Heerenveen, FC Vestsjaelland, Aalborg and Sogndal in the past as well he signed for Columbus Crew for the 2017 season.
The Columbus defender made his Finland debut on February 4, 2009 in a friendly against Japan. It has to be noted that he represented Finland at the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship in 2009.
Highlighted Team (New England Revolution):
Unlike famous NFL club New England Patriots, the Revolution have yet to win the domestic trophy. New England participated five times in the MLS Cup final, but they were more than fortunate not to lift the silverware. The Revs played their last final in 2014, with the team losing to LA Galaxy in the title game at StubHub Center. New England Revolution, though, clinched the North American SuperLiga trophy in 2008 and that is considered as the club’s biggest success.
It has to be noted that the Revs defeated Houston Dynamo on penalties in the final of the tournament. New England Revolution were founded in 1994 and Gillette Stadium is the home ground of the club. Legendary defender Alexi Lalas played for the Revolution (1996-1997) and he scored three goals for the Gillette Stadium outfit. Fellow USA ace Clint Dempsey was part of the team as well and you should know that he netted 25 goals in 71 league appearances for the club.