Our prediction for this MLS match:
A place in the MLS playoffs quarter-finals will be at stake when Nashville and Orlando City face each other at Nissan Stadium on Wednesday morning. Nashville impressed in the regular part of the season, but they need to keep on making progress if they are to go all the way in the 2021 MLS campaign. Since Mexico international Daniel Rios is the only absentee in the home team, home win should be considered.
The Lions, on the other hand, did well to beat Montreal on the road in their last game of the regulation season, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in the Nissan Stadium showdown. Orlando City have already suffered seven defeats on the road this season, which is probably the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. The likes of Aguilera, Grinwis, and Hope-Gund miss out with injuries for the away side.
Highlighted Player (Anibal Godoy):
Anibal Godoy is a professional footballer who plays for Panama national football team. The powerful midfielder was born on February 10, 1990 and he has been playing for los Ticos since March 4, 2010 when he made his debut for the national team.
Anibal Godoy played full 90 minutes in the 2-1 win over Venezuela and he scored his first goal for Panama four years late in a 3-1 victory over El Salvador. Speaking of his club career, Godoy played for Chepo of Panama from 2007 to 2010 and he moved to Europe in the summer of 2013, signing a deal with Hungarian outfit Honved.
After playing 24 league games (one goal) for Honved, Godoy signed for Major League Soccer club San Jose Earthquakes in August 2015. Anibal Godoy is a defensive midfielder and his preferred foot is left. His contract with San Jose should expire in December, 2017 and it has to be noted that he began his youth career Arsenal de Sarandi of Argentina.
Highlighted Team (Orlando City):
Orlando City are a member of the Eastern Conference in Major League Soccer. The Lions have been participating in the major league since 2015 and they host their rivals at Orlando City Stadium. The venue was opened in February, 2017 and the construction of the stadium cost $155 million. Orlando City finished the 2015 MLS season in seventh place in the Eastern Conference and they failed to make it to the play-offs in the 2016 season as well (8th place).
Brazilian ace Kaka is undisputedly the club’s most famous player and the former Real Madrid and Milan man became the highest-paid player in MLS history. His base salary was $6.6 million per year and it has to be noted that the Brazilian superstar found the net on his Orlando City debut against FC Dallas (friendly). Orlando City’s home kit is violet, while they wear white and violet shirts and white socks on the travels. The club’s official mascot is Kingston the Lion.