Our prediction for this MLS match:
A place in the MLS Cup semis will be at stake when Orlando City and Columbus Crew face each other at Exploria Stadium on Saturday evening. The Lions are eyeing their seventh consecutive MLS win, but they will have to prove their worth on the field. Midfielder Jack Lynn misses out with a thigh injury, but he should be the only absentee in the home team. The opposition back-line should have Duncan McGuire at bay as the 22-year-old forward has already netted 13 goals so far this term.
Columbus, on the other hand, booked their place in the quarter-finals by beating Atlanta United 4-2 in front of home fans. The Crew, though, are not regarded as good travelers, which is probably the main reason why we are going to bet on the home side. Midfielder William Sands misses out with a knee injury, but he should be the only absentee in the visiting team.
Highlighted Team (Orlando City):
Orlando City are a member of the Eastern Conference in Major League Soccer. The Lions have been participating in the major league since 2015 and they host their rivals at Orlando City Stadium. The venue was opened in February, 2017 and the construction of the stadium cost $155 million. Orlando City finished the 2015 MLS season in seventh place in the Eastern Conference and they failed to make it to the play-offs in the 2016 season as well (8th place).
Brazilian ace Kaka is undisputedly the club’s most famous player and the former Real Madrid and Milan man became the highest-paid player in MLS history. His base salary was $6.6 million per year and it has to be noted that the Brazilian superstar found the net on his Orlando City debut against FC Dallas (friendly). Orlando City’s home kit is violet, while they wear white and violet shirts and white socks on the travels. The club’s official mascot is Kingston the Lion.