Our prediction for this MLS match:
Orlando City will be looking to build on a hard-fought 1-0 win over New York Red Bulls when they face Cincinnati on Sunday. The Lions kicked off the new MLS campaign in a great manner, and they are seen as favourites to beat Cincinnati in front of home fans as well. Antonio Carlos remains on the sidelines with a leg injury, while both Favian Loyola and Jack Lynn are major doubts.
The visitors, on the other hand, defeated Houston Dynamo in the opening match of the season, but they will have a mountain to climb in the Exploria Stadium clash. In their last meeting in Major League Soccer Cincinnati defeated Orlando City, meaning that the hosts are hungry for revenge. Since there are no fresh injury worries in the away team ahead of the trip to Florida, Pat Noonan is unlikely to make changes to the team that defeated the Orange Crush.
Highlighted Player (Luciano Acosta):
Luciano Acosta is a professional footballer who plays for DC United as an attacking midfielder. Acosta was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina on May 31, 1994 and he started his senior career at his hometown club Boca Juniors. After scoring 2 goals in 25 appearances for the famous Argentine club, the 160-cm tall footballer joined Estudiantes on loan in 2016.
In 2017 he moved to DC United and he has been playing for the MlS club ever since. Luciano Acosta impressed in the 2018 season, with the Argentina international scoring 10 goals, while providing 15 assists for his teammates in the process. Despite producing thrilling showings in the 2018 MLS campaign, he has yet to earn a call-up for the Argentina national football team.
Acosta’s main position is attacking midfielder, but he is capable of playing as both second striker and centre forward as well. He has a contract with DC United which should expire on December 31, 2019 and his preferred foot is right.
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.