Our prediction for this MLS match:
Sunday’s football game at Exploria Stadium pits together Orlando City and Toronto, the two teams who sit in the opposite halves of the table. The Lions aim to build on a hard-fought 1-0 win over DC United, and they are seen as favourites to beat the Reds at home ground. Experienced midfielder Mauricio Pereyra, who scored the winner at the weekend, will be one of the men to watch in the home team.
Toronto, on the other hand, have been having their ups and downs at the start of the season, with players who left the squad being sorely missed. Orlando City are more of a team than Toronto, and seeing that the Reds are not regarded as good travellers, home win should be considered. Canada midfielder Jacob Shaffelburg, who found the net in Toronto’s 1-1 draw with New York City, is pushing for his first start in the 2021 MLS campaign.
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 (Toronto FC):
Toronto is a club based in Canada, but they have been competing in Major League Soccer since 2007. Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment own both the soccer club and National Hockey League’s Toronto Maple Leafs. BMO Field is the club’s home ground and the capacity of the stadium is 30.000.
The Canadian outfit impressed in the 2016 MLS Cup and they faced Seattle Sounders in the title game at BMO Field. However, the Canadians were more than unfortunate not to lift the silverware as they were beaten by the Sounders on penalties.
Speaking of the Canadian Championship, Toronto FC won their fifth domestic title in 2016, with the team beating Vancouver Whitecaps in the final of the tournament. Montreal Impact are considered the club’s biggest rivals and there have always been fireworks in meetings between the two Canadian sides. Toronto FC’s home kit is red and it is no surprise they are nicknamed the Reds. It has to be noted that the club was founded back in 2005.