Our prediction for this MLS match:
Exploria Stadium will host Sunday’s football game between Orlando City and Dallas, the two teams who made a promising start to the season. The Lions played out a 2-2 draw with Austin at the weekend, with the team remaining in 3rd place in the standings. Orlando City are eyeing their fourth home win of the process, but this will be anything but a walk in the park for the home side.
Since both Araujo and Schlegel are banned for the match, we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on the home side. The Toros, on the other hand, failed to impress in back-to-back defeats to Vancouver Whitecaps and Minnesota United. Dallas are not regarded as good travelers, but we predict that they will take advantage of Orlando City’s absences. Nico Estevez should have a full squad to choose from, except from Nicky Hernandez, who continues to miss out with a foot problem.
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 Dallas):
Despite making it to the 2010 MLS Cup final, Dallas eventually failed to win the domestic trophy. The Toros (Bulls) were beaten by Colorado in the final played at BMO Field in Toronto and you should bear in mind that the Rapids scored the winner in the extra time.
That was the first and only time Dallas participated in the MLS Cup final, but in 2016 the club won the Supporters’ Shield and the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. The Toros play their home games at Toyota Stadium, the venue that was opened in August, 2005. The stadium’s original name was Pizza Hut Park, but in September 2013 it was renamed as Toyota Stadium after Pizza Hut Park left as a main sponsor.
FC Dallas wear red shits with white stripes when playing at home, while their secondary colors are white and blue. Former Ajax and River Plate ace Mauro Rosales, who joined the Toyota Stadium outfit in 2016, is regarded as one of the club most significant stars.