Our football match prediction:
Following four consecutive wins New York City suffered a 3-2 loss to Vancouver Whitecaps in their last league match. Patrick Viera’s men sit in third place in the Eastern Conference and they are five points behind their next rivals Toronto. David Villa scored his 12th goal of the season against Vancouver and the Spanish veteran will be the man to watch in the home team in Thursday’s football match against Toronto. Andrea Pirlo has overcome his injury and the experienced midfielder is likely to start the match. Toronto recorded a 3-1 win over Orlando City on the road in their last game in MLS and, taking everything into account, there is every chance fans will see a high-scoring affair at Yankee Stadium. Both Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore scored in the 3-1 win over Lions and all eyes will be on the duo when Toronto take on New York City.
Highlighted Player (Andrea 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 (Toronto FC):
Toronto are 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.