Our prediction for this MLS match:
A place in the MLS Eastern Conference final will be at stake when New York City and Toronto face each other Citi Field in what is expected to be a real football festival. Toronto set up a meeting with New York City by crushing DC United 5-1 in their opener in the MLS playoffs, but they do not want to stop now. Both teams are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in Thursday’s football game and we believe that there is a big value in betting on both teams to score.
A man to watch in the away team will be Jonathan Osorio, Canadian international striker, who scored two goals against DC United in their round of 16 MLS play off game. In their last meeting in MLS the two teams played out a 1-1 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 (Toronto FC):
Toronto is 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.