Our football match prediction:
Midway through the regular season and both Philadelphia Union and New England Revolution find themselves below play-off places. Philadelphia managed to end the three-match losing run with 1-0 win over DC United last time out. The Union benefited through a first-half goal from Fafa Picault, but will have their goalkeeper Andre Blake to thank for keeping the rivals at bay with a pair of huge second-half saves. Herbert is struggling with a groin injury, whereas Fabinho in a doubt due to a wrist problem. Problem continue to pile up for New England Revolution who suffered back-to-back defeats against Chicago Fire and Toronto FC, respectively. Jay Heaps’ charges are still without a win on the road this season and they travel to Talen Energy Stadium determined to put an end to it midway through the regular season. With Agudelo, Delamea and Kobayashi all under doubt for the match and Kouassi as a confirmed absentee, it will be interesting to see whether Heaps’ men will rise to the challenge.
Highlighted Player (Haris Medunjanin):
After spending four seasons at AZ Alkmaar, Haris Medunjanin joined Spanish side Valladolid and he appeared in 42 league games for Pucela. The Bosnian midfielder played for the likes of Sparta Rotterdam, Maccabi Tel Aviv and Gaziantepspor in the past as well and in 2014 he returned to Spain, signing a contract with La Liga side Deportivo La Coruna. Medunjanin scored two goals in 24 league appearances for the Galician outfit and in 2016 he joined his former club Maccabi Tel Aviv on a one-and-a-half-year deal. The left-footed footballer, who was born on March 8, 1985 won two European Championship titles with Netherlands U-21 team (2006, 2007), but he decided to represent Bosnian and Herzegovina on senior level. He made his first start for the Balkan Dragons in a 1-0 loss to Portugal in the 2010 FIFA World Cup play-off match. Haris Medunjanin currently plays for Philadelphia Union and his contract with the MLS club expires on January 31, 2017.
Highlighted Team (New England Revolution):
Unlike famous NFL club New England Patriots, the Revolution have yet to win the domestic trophy. New England participated five times in the MLS Cup final, but they were more than fortunate not to lift the silverware. The Revs played their last final in 2014, with the team losing to LA Galaxy in the title game at StubHub Center. New England Revolution, though, clinched the North American SuperLiga trophy in 2008 and that is considered as the club’s biggest success. It has to be noted that the Revs defeated Houston Dynamo on penalties in the final of the tournament. New England Revolution were founded in 1994 and Gillette Stadium is the home ground of the club. Legendary defender Alexi Lalas played for the Revolution (1996-1997) and he scored three goals for the Gillette Stadium outfit. Fellow USA ace Clint Dempsey was part of the team as well and you should know that he netted 25 goals in 71 league appearances for the club.