Our prediction for this MLS match:
Buoyed by a thrilling 4-1 win over San Jose Earthquakes, Minnesota United will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they take on Orlando City in the MLS is back tournament semis. The Loons created a number of clear-cut opportunities to score in the quarter-finals, but beating the Lions at Exploria Stadium is easier said than done. A man to keep an eye on in the away team will be Luis Amarilla, who is likely to lead the line for the Loons.
Orlando City did well to shock Los Angeles FC in the quarter-finals, with the team defeating the star-studded side on penalties. Despite failing to convert a penalty in the triumph over Los Angeles FC, a man to watch in the home team will be Portugal veteran Nani. Seeing that both sides are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in the Exploria Stadium showdown, we are tempted to put our money on over 2.5 goals.
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 (Minnesota United):
Based in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area, Minnesota United are a professional soccer club that will compete in the Western Conference in the Major League Soccer from 2017. The Loons will make their MLS debut against Portland Timbers on March 4, 2017 and, no doubt, they have big ambitions for the forthcoming season.
Minnesota United are the sixth team to join MLS from a lower division and they will welcome their rivals at TCF Bank Stadium. The capacity of the stadium is 52.525 and it was opened in September, 2009. Bill McGuire is the club’s owner and he is on a quest to turn Minnesota United into a top-table side in the Western Conference.
Adrian Heath will be in charge of the club in the 2017 season and it has to be noted that the English tactician used to train the likes of Manchester City, Everton, Aston Villa and Espanyol in the past. You should know that the club was founded on March 25, 2015.