Our prediction for this MLS match:
After sharing the spoils with both Orlando City and Toronto, New York City will be looking to return to winning ways when they face Columbus Crew on Sunday morning. The Pigeons are undefeated in the previous four league fixtures, and they are surely capable of beating Columbus at home ground. Peru defender Alexander Callens, who suffered an injury in the 1-1 draw with Toronto, is unlikely to feature in Sunday’s clash.
The Crew, on the other hand, are on a quest to defend their MLS title, but given their three-match losing run in all competitions, we are tempted to put our money on New York City. It has to be noted that all Hairston, Kitchen, Molino, Morris, and Valenzuela have been struggling with injuries. Experienced attacker Bradley Wright-Phillips is pushing for a start as Gyasi Zardes has been struggling to find his goalscoring touch at the start of the season.
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 (Columbus Crew):
Columbus Crew are an American soccer club based in Columbus, Ohio. The Black & Gold participate in the Eastern Conference and in 2008 they won both the conference and the MLS CUP final. Columbus Crew defeated New York Red Bulls in the MLS Cup final, with the likes of Moreno, Marshall and Hejduk scoring for the Black & Gold in the title game.
The club welcome their rivals at Mapfre Stadium, the venue which was opened on May, 15 1999. The current capacity of the stadium is 19.968 and it has to be noted that Mapfre Stadium is the first soccer-specific venue ever built for a MLS club.
A number of high-profile players were part of Columbus Crew in the past, but Guillermo Barros Schelotto is the most famous footballer that wore the black and yellow shirt. Schelotto played for Columbus Crew from 2007 to 2010 and during his spell with the Mapfre Stadium outfit the Black & Gold won the aforementioned MLS Cup.