Our football match prediction:
New York City will be aiming to build on a 2-0 win over Philadelphia Union when they take on Orlando City at their Yankee Stadium in what is expected to be one of the most interesting games of Sunday’s program. Patrick Vieira’s men proved their worth in the victory over the U, with Spanish veteran David Villa scoring his fourth goal of the season. “El Guaje” has been in a fine form at the start of the season and he is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. Legendary Italian footballer Andrea Pirlo will be yet another man to watch in the home team. Orlando City, on the other hand, head into the game following back-to-back wins over New York Red Bulls and LA Galaxy and key player Ricardo Kaka was not sorely missed in previous two league fixtures. Both teams are likely to adopt a cautious approach in Sunday’s derby and we predict that under 2.5 goals will be scored at Yankee Stadium.
Highlighted Player (Pirlo):
Over the years Andrea Pirlo has established himself as one of the best midfielders in the world. “The Architect” played for Milan from 2001 to 2011 and won two Serie A (2003/2004, 2010/2011) trophies with the Rossoneri during his spell at Stadio San Siro. Pirlo clinched two Champions League titles with Milan as well (2002/2003, 2006/2007), but in 2011 Juventus signed him on a free contract until 2014. The Italian superstar, who is well known for his brilliant passes, won four Serie A titles with the Bianconeri and, speaking of his international career, he helped Italy beat France in the 2006 FIFA World Cup final in Germany. On July 6, 2015 Andrea Pirlo completed a move to MLS club New York City and he has been playing for the Pigeons ever since. The Italian veteran scored one goal, while providing six assists for his teammates in the 2016 MLS campaign. Andrea Pirlo has always been praised for his technique, touch, balance and dribbling ability and, no doubt, he will be remembered as one of the most significant footballers of the 21st century.
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.