Our prediction for this MLS match:
Orlando City and Los Angeles FC face each other at Exploria Stadium in a highly-anticipated MLS game. The start of the season has been a mixed bag for Orlando, who are eyeing their third win of the process. The Lions produced a fine display in a 1-1 draw with Portland Timbers, which is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of Sunday’s clash. Both Mendez and Gallese are major doubts as the duo was on international duty.
Los Angeles FC, on the other hand, are considered one of the teams to beat in the 2022 season. Carlos Vela and Co. are leading the standings, with the team beating all Colorado Rapids, Inter Miami, and Vancouver Whitecaps, while sharing the spoils with Portland Timbers. Los Angeles FC are more of a team than Orlando City, and we predict that they will prove their worth on the field. All Escobar, Gaines, Duenas, and Segura should miss out with injuries for the visiting side.
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 (Los Angeles FC):
Seeing that Los Angeles FC will be competing in Major League Soccer from the 2018 season, the club chiefs did well to reinforce the squad. Several high-profile players joined the club in the winter of 2018, with Mexican ace Carlos Vela being the biggest name to sign a deal with LAFC.
The new expansion team will host their rivals at Banc of California, the stadium which is planned to be opened on April 29, 2018. The venue should hold up to 22,000 spectators. Los Angeles FC will be coached by Bob Bradley in the 2018 MLS campaign and they will be wearing black and gold kits in the USA professional soccer league. Speaking of their bitterest rivals, there will be fireworks when Los Angeles FC face LA Galaxy in the Major League Soccer.
District 9 Ultras and Black Army 1850 are considered the club's biggest supporters groups and it has to be noted that they used to support Chivas USA. Los Angeles FC were founded on October 30, 2014.