Our prediction for this MLS match:
Real Salt Lake and Toronto square off against each other at Rio Tinto Stadium in a highly-anticipated MLS game. The Royals have been having their ups and downs of late, with the team beating Nashville, losing to Sporting Kansas City, while sharing the spoils with Colorado Rapids. Even though all David Ochoa, Bret Halsey, Nick Besler, and Zack Farnsworth continue to miss out with injuries, the bookies see Real Salt Lake as favourites to win Sunday’s clash.
The Reds, on the other hand, have been impressive on home soil of late, with the team beating both DC United and New York City, but they continue to struggle on the travels. In their last meeting at Rio Tinto Stadium Real Salt Lake crushed Toronto 3-0, and we predict that the history will repeat itself. As for the visitors, forward Ayo Akinola should be the only absentee.
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.
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.