Our prediction for this MLS match:
Orlando City will be aiming to record their second win of the season when they face Cincinnati in the Major League Soccer on Sunday morning. The Lions are eyeing their third consecutive clean sheet, and they are surely capable of keeping their net intact against the rock-bottom side. The good news for the hosts is that Robin Jansson is back to the starting XI after serving his one-game ban in the goalless draw with Chicago Fire.
Cincinnati, on the other hand, continue where they left last season. The Orange and Blue do not seem to be competitive at this level, and given their shaky defence, we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. Both Vallecilla and Matarrita are major doubts, while Beckham is definitely sidelined with a concussion. In their last meeting in the MLS Orlando City defeated Cincinnati 1-0.
Highlighted Player (Sebastián Méndez):
Born in Mira, Ecuador, on April 26, 1997, Sebastian Mendez plays for Major League Soccer club Orlando City as a midfielder. Mendez began his youth career at Independiente del Valle and he continued playing for the Ecuadorian side at senior level.
After scoring four goals in 81 appearances in the league for Independiente, the Ecuador international moved to Orlando City in 2019, but it has to be noted that he played for Cultural Leonesa on loan in the past as well. Mendez made his MLS debut against New York City on March 2, 2019 and he was replaced by Nani in the 70th minute.
As for his international career, the Orlando City midfielder played his first ever match for the Ecuador national team on September, 12, 2019 against Guatemala. The Ecuadorians won the game 2-0, with Mendez being replaced in 73rd minute of the match. His main position is defensive midfielder, but he is capable of playing as a central midfielder as well.
Highlighted Team (FC Cincinnati):
FC Cincinnati will make their MLS debut in the 2019 season. Based in Ohio, the Orange and Blue are a team who is expected to play their home games at West End Stadium. However, seeing that the West End Stadium is still under construction, FC Cincinnati will welcome their rivals at Nippert Stadium at the start of the season.
The team’s home colors are orange and blue, whilst they wear white shirts and white shorts when playing on the travels. Justin Hoyte, who used to play for the likes of Arsenal and Middlesbrough in the Premier League is considered one of the team’s most famous footballers.
The Orange and Blue will make their MLS debut against Seattle Sounders, whilst they will play their first ever home game in the league against Portland Timbers. It has to be noted that FC Cincinnati has five supporters groups: Die Innestadt, The Legion, The Pride, Queen City and The Briogaid.