Our prediction for this MLS match:
Real Salt Lake play host to Austin at their Rio Tinto Stadium on Sunday morning. The Royals aim to bounce back from a 2-0 loss to Nashville, with the team eyeing their fourth home win of the process. Keep in mind, though, that Real Salt Lake’s injury list is pretty long, including the likes of Cordova, Kreilach, Kappelhof, Holt, Menendez, Halsey, and Farnsworth.
Austin, on the other hand, made a flying start to the season, but they head into Sunday’s clash following a 1-0 loss to Los Angeles Galaxy. Since aforementioned Salt Lake absentees have not been sorely missed of late, we believe that home win should be considered. In their last meeting at Rio Tinto Stadium the Royals defeated Josh Wolff’s troops 1-0. All Brad Stuver, Freddy Kleemann, and Jhohan Romana are out of contention through injuries, but there are no suspended players in the away side.
Highlighted Player (Justin Meram):
Over the years Justin Meram has established himself as one of the best Iraqi footballers. The centre forward, who is capable of playing as a winger as well, was born in Shelby Charter Township, Michigan on December 4, 1988, but he represents Iraq on the international stage.
During his college career Justin Meram played for the likes of Yavapai Roughriders and Michigan Wolverines and in 2011 he joined MLS club Columbus Crew. Meram scored 37 goals in 188 appearances for the club in MLS before signing a deal with Orlando City in January, 2018.
The Iraq international made his debut for the Lions in a 1-1 draw with DC United on March 4 and he scored his first goal for the club on May 14 in a 2-1 loss to Atlanta United. As for his international career, Justin Meram made his Iraq debut in November, 2014 in a 1-0 defeat to Kuwait. The Orlando City attacker wears the number 9 shirt.