Our prediction for this MLS match:
Orlando City will be looking to put an end to their three-game winless run when they take on Philadelphia Union at their Exploria Stadium. The Lions suffered a dip in form, and seeing that Brazil trio Carlos Antonio – Pato – Ruan remains on the sidelines with injuries, home win should not be considered. Attacker Daryl Dike is on international duty with USA. The U’s, on the other hand, aim to build on a hard-fought 2-1 win over DC United.
Philadelphia Union regained a much-needed confidence at the weekend, and seeing that they are eager to retain second position in the standings, share of spoils is on the horizon. In their last encounter in the Major League Soccer the two teams played out a 1-1 draw, and we believe that the history is going to repeat itself. All Andre Blake, Cory Burke, and Alvas Powell are at the 2021 Gold Cup.
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 (Philadelphia Union):
Based in Chester, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Union is an American soccer club that compete in Major League Soccer. The U have been participating in MLS since 2010, but they have yet to win the domestic trophy. Philadelphia welcome their opponents at Talen Energy Stadium, the venue that was opened on June 27, 2010 and current capacity of the stadium is 18.500.
The U made it to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final on two occasions (2014, 2015), but they were beaten by Seattle Sounders and Sporting Kansas City respectively in the title games. The likes of D.C. United and New York Red Bulls are regarded as the club’s fiercest rivals, but they share a rivalry with Seattle Sounders as well.
Philadelphia’s colors are navy blue and gold, but they wear white shirts and white socks when playing on the road. USA international Freddy Adu is one of the most notable footballers who player for the U in the past. The former Benfica man scored seven goals in 37 appearances for Philadelphia Union in MLS.