Our prediction for this MLS match:
Orlando City and New York Red Bulls face each other at Exploria Stadium in a highly-anticipated MLS game. Following back-to-back league wins over Chicago Fire and Columbus Crew, the Lions defeated Tampa Bay in the US Open Cup in midweek to give fans yet another reason for celebration. Orlando City footballers are high on confidence ahead of Sunday’s clash, but they will have to prove their worth on the field.
There are no fresh injury worries in the home team, but defender Antonio Carlos remains on the sidelines with injury. The Metros, on the other hand, are eyeing their fourth win of the process. New York Red Bulls aim to keep their 100% record on the road intact, but beating Orlando at Exploria Stadium is easier said than done. A close match is on the cards, and, taking everything into account, we are tempted to put our money on draw. All Cameron Harper, Wikelman Carmona, and Andres Reyes are injured for the away team.
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 (New York Red Bulls):
New York Red Bulls is the first club from New York City to join Major League Soccer. In 2006 the club was sold to Red Bull GmbH and, as a result, they are nicknamed the Red Bulls. New York welcome their rivals at Red Bull Arena and the team’s home colors are white and red.
On the other hand, the Red Bulls wear dark blue shirts and yellow shorts on the road. In 2008 New York Red Bulls made it to the MLS Cup final, but they were not capable of matching Columbus Crew (1-3) in the Home Depot Center clash. A number of top-class footballers were part of the team in the past, but former Arsenal forward Thierry Henry is the synonym of the club.
Henry scored 51 goals in 122 league games for New York Red Bulls from 2010 to 2014 and it has to be noted that he scored his first MLS hat-trick in a 5-2 victory over Montreal Impact on March 31, 2012. The likes of Youri Djorkaeff, Lothar Matthaus, Roberto Donadoni, Rafael Marquez, Juninho and Tim Cahill played for the club in the past as well.