Our prediction for this MLS match:
Orlando City will be aiming to extend their unbeaten run in MLS to five games when they welcome Inter Miami at their Exploria Stadium. The Lions have been producing fine performances after the coronavirus football break, and it is no wonder reputable bookies see them as favourites to pick up all three points from Sunday’s clash. It has to be noted, though, that experienced midfielder Joao Moutinho remains in the recovery room.
Inter Miami, on the other hand, aim to build on a 2-1 win over Atlanta United. The newcomers recorded their second MLS win on Thursday morning, meaning that they are high on confidence ahead of the trip to Florida. However, away win should not be considered as Inter Miami have been struggling on the travels on their debut season in the Major League Soccer. The likes of Acosta, Norman, and Ulysse remain in the recovery room for the visitors.
Highlighted Player (Nani):
Nani is a product of Sporting CP’s famous youth academy. The pacey winger played 58 games for the capital club in Primeira Liga, scoring nine goals and in 2007 he joined Premier League side Manchester United. He signed a five-year deal with the Old Trafford outfit for a fee of €25.5 million.
He joined his compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo at Man Utd and it has to be noted that Nani he spent eight seasons at the club. In 2014 he returned to Sporting (loan) and at the end of the 2014/2015 Primeira Liga campaign he moved to Turkish side Fenerbahce.
In 2016 he signed a three-year deal with Valencia for an undisclosed fee. Speaking of his international career, Nani did remarkably well to win the 2016 European Championship trophy with Portugal and it has to be noted that he started against France in the title game. The Portuguese winger won the 2007/2008 Champions League trophy with Manchester United.
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.