Our prediction for this MLS match:
All eyes will be on Yankee Stadium when New York City and Atlanta United face each other in the MLS playoffs last 16. The Blue Pigeons finished the regular part of the season in style, with the team beating all DC United, Chicago Fire, and Inter Miami, while sharing the spoils with Philadelphia Union. New York City are likely to stick to their attacking style of play, and we are positive that they will find the net in Sunday’s clash.
Both Jesus Medina and Gedion Zelalem are banned for the hosts, while the likes of Alexander Callens, Tajouri-Shradi, Nicolas Acevedo, and Anton Tinnerholm miss out with injuries. The Five Stripes, on the other hand, aim to build on a 2-1 win over Cincinnati. Given Atlanta’s attacking potential, we believe that there is a big value in betting on both teams to score. Santiago Sosa and Emerson Hyndman should be the only absentees in the away team.
Highlighted Player (Alexandru Mitrita):
Italian Serie A is a Romanian footballer who is well known for his height. The 199-cm attacking midfielder, who is capable of playing as a winger as well, was born in Craiova on February 8, 1995 and he started his youth career at Turnu Severin.
In 2012 he moved to fellow Romanian club Viitorul Constanta and in 2015 he signed a deal with Italian side Pescara. After scoring 2 goals in 34 appearances for the Dolphins, he returned to Romania, signing a contract with Universitatea Craiova. Alexandru Mitrita was on New York City’s radar during the 2017/2018 season and seeing that he scored 18 goals in the national championship, the chiefs of the MLS club decided to sign him in 2019.
The Romanian footballer made his MLS soccer debut in a 2-2 draw with Orlando City, but he failed to find the net. Alexandru Mitrita’s preferred foot is right, but he often plays as a left winger.
Highlighted Team (Atlanta United):
Atlanta United is a Major League Soccer club and they were founded on April 16, 2014. They are based in Atlanta, Georgia and they will make their debut in MLS in 2017. Arthur Blank is the club’s owner and Bobby Dodd Stadium is Atlanta United’s home ground.
Arthur Blank is an American businessman, who is well known for his ownership of the NFL club Atlanta Falcons. The venue was opened on September 27, 1913 and its’ current capacity is 60.316. However, it has to be noted that the team will play first eight home games of the 2017 season at Bobby Dodd Stadium, while the latter nine fixtures will be hosted by Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Speaking of the club’s colors, Atlanta United footballers wear black and red shirts and black shorts with a little bit of gold mixed in. Gerardo Martino, who used to be in charge of La Liga side Barcelona in the past, will coach Atlanta United in the 2017 MLS season. Tata Martino won the Spanish Super Cup with Barca, while making it to the Copa America final with Argentina on two occasions (2015, 2016).