Our prediction for this MLS match:
Exploria Stadium will host Sunday’s football game between Orlando City and New York City, the two teams who defeated Cincinnati and Philadelphia respectively at the weekend. The Lions were impressive in their last league match, Tesho Akindele opening his goalscoring account. The Canada international will continue to lead the line for the hosts, while former Milan ace Pato remains in the recovery room following a successful arthroscopic procedure on his right knee.
New York City, on the other hand, quickly bounced back from a 2-1 loss to DC United, with the team beating both Cincinnati and Philadelphia in the previous two league fixtures. The visitors have been impressive in front of goal, and given Orlando’s attacking display in the triumph over Cincinnati, a high-scoring affair is on the card at Exploria Stadium. All Andrade, Heber, Rocha, Mizell, and Zelalem have been struggling with injuries of late in the away team.
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 (New York City):
New York City are an American soccer club and they have been competing in Major League Soccer since 2015. The Pigeons play their home games at Yankee Stadium and they are the second club in New York after the New York Red Bulls.
Famous Arsenal player Patrick Vieira took over the reins in January, 2016 and he helped the team finish the season in second place in the Eastern Conference. However, they were totally outclassed by Toronto FC (0-7 on aggregate) in the conference semifinals.
New York City chiefs have been pumping up a lot of money into the squad ever since the team began play in MLS and it has to be noted that the likes of Andrea Pirlo and David Villa played for the Pigeons in the 2016 season. New York City footballers wear sky blue shirts when playing at home, while the colour of the team’s away kit is dark blue.
Companies City Football Group (80%) and Yankee Global Enterprises own the club.