Our prediction for this MLS match:
Yankee Stadium will host Thursday’s football game between New York City and Columbus Crew, the two teams who sit in the opposite parts of the standings. As expected, Domenec Torrent’s troops outplayed newcomers Cincinnati 4-1 at the weekend, with Valentin Castellanos scoring a brace for the visitors. New York City are determined to book their place in the MLS play-offs and seeing that Columbus Crew are not enjoying a season to remember, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the hosts.
Caleb Porter’s troops occupy 11th position in the Eastern Conference ahead of the trip to New York and despite the fact that they are undefeated in previous six league fixtures, we are tempted to put our money on Domenec Torrent’s charges. In their last meeting in the Major League Soccer the two teams played out a 2-2 draw.
Highlighted Player (Alexander Ring):
Born in Helsinki, Finland, Alexander Ring is a Finnish footballer who plays for MLS club New York City. Before joining the City, Ring played for the likes of Klubi-04, Tampere United, HJK Helsinki, Borussia M’gladbach and Kaiserslautern.
His main position is central midfield, but he is capable of playing as a defensive midfielder and a right midfielder as well. Alexander Ring made his debut for the Finland national football team in June, 2011 in a 5-0 loss to Sweden. Despite the fact that he failed to impress on his debut, Finnish football star Roman Eremenko described him as a fantastic player.
Over the years Ring has established himself as a first-team regular in the national team and it has to be noted that he scored his first ever goal for Finland on March 26, 2013 against Luxembourg. Speaking of his club trophies, the Finnish footballer won the national championship with Helsinki on two occasions (2010, 2011). His preferred foot is right.
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.