Our football match prediction:
All eyes will be on Orlando City Stadium when Orlando City and Toronto face each other at Orlando City Stadium in the MLS derby. The Lions desperately needed a win against Real Salt Lake at the weekend and thanks to Will Johnson’s goal they picked up all three points from the match. Ricardo Kaka is fit and the Brazilian ace will be the man to watch in the home team in Thursday’s football game against Toronto. Carlos Rivas is a major doubt for the hosts and he will be assessed on the match day. The Reds, on the other hand, suffered a 3-1 loss to Dallas at the weekend and, as a result, they dropped to second place in the Eastern Conference. Key attacker Jozy Altidore will not represent USA at the 2017 Gold Cup and, no doubt, he is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders in Thursday’s MLS clash. Sebastian Giovinco is yet another man to watch in the away team, but beating Orlando City on the road is easier said than done. Taking everything into account, share of spoils appears on the cards.
Highlighted Player (Ricardo Kaka):
Ricardo Kaka is regarded as one of the most significant MLS stars. The Brazilian ace spent six seasons (2003/2009) at Stadio San Siro with Milan and he scored 70 goals in 193 league appearances for the Rossoneri. In 2007 he helped the Serie A giants beat Liverpool in the Champions League final. Real Madrid chiefs were eager to sign Kaka and they managed to bring him to Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on June 30, 2009. The Brazil international, though, was playing below expectations for Real Madrid and due to the lack of first-team football he decided to return to Milan in 2013. Kaka scored seven goals in 30 league appearances in his second spell with the Rossoneri and in 2014 he moved to MLS, signing a contract with Orlando City. Speaking of his international career, the Orlando City superstar clinched the FIFA World Cup trophy with Brazil in 2002. It has to be noted that Kaka was named FIFA World Player of the Year in 2007.
Highlighted Team (Toronto FC):
Toronto are 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.