Our prediction for this MLS match:
New York City will look to build on a thrilling 5-0 win over Orlando City when they take on Columbus Crew on Saturday morning. New York City are eyeing their fifth consecutive win at home ground, and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play. Both Johnson and Sands are on international duty with USA, while Heber and Zelalem remain in the recovery room. Valentin Castellanos, who put an end to his goalless run at the weekend, will be the man to watch in the home team.
Columbus, on the other hand, aim to build on a hard-fought 1-0 win over Atlanta United. Caleb Porter’s troops have been in a fine form of late, but given New York City’s impressive home record, we do not believe that the visitors are capable of grabbing something from the match. All Fraser, Morris, Valenzuela, Williams, and key attacker Zardes are out of contention for the visitors.
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.