Our football match prediction:
San Jose Earthquakes square off against Montreal Impact at the start of the new MLS season. The Earthquakes experienced all sorts of problems in the 2016 campaign, but they should be now fully focused on the forthcoming season. Dominic Kinnear’s team are regarded as favourites to win Sunday’s football game against Montreal Impact, but they will have to prove their worth on the field. Chris Wondolowski is still part of the team and the USA international is likely to make life difficult for the opposition back-line. The Impact made it to the Eastern Conference finals last term and, no doubt, they are eager to cross one hurdle more in the 2017 MLS campaign. Montreal are tough to beat at home, but their away record is anything but good and the visitors are likely to return to Canada empty-handed. In their last meeting at Avaya Stadium the two teams shared the spoils, but we will back the hosts to win the season opener.
Highlighted Player (Danny Hoesen):
After making only one league appearance for Fortuna Sittard, Daniel Hoesen joined English club Fulham in 2009, but he did not see any game action for the capital club during his spell at Craven Cottage as he was sent on loan to HJK and Fortuna Sittard. In 2012 the 186-cm tall attacker signed a deal with Ajax and he scored seven goals in 32 league appearances for the Amstedammers from 2012 to 2014. In 2014 he joined fellow Eredivisie outfit Groningen and during the 2016/2017 season he was on San Jose Earthquakes’ radar. The Dutch footballer, who was born on January 15, 1991 in Heerlen, Limburg will play for the MLS outfit (on loan) in the 2017 season. Speaking of his international career, Daniel Hoesen has 10 caps for Netherlands U17 team and he made three appearances for the Dutch U21 side. He is still a Groningen player and his contract with the Eredivisie side expires on June 30, 2018.
Highlighted Team (Montreal Impact):
Montreal Impact are a Canadian soccer team, but they compete in Major League Soccer. The Impact are a member of the Eastern Conference and they have been participating in the major league since 2012. Montreal welcome their opponents at Saputo Stadium and the capacity of the club’s home ground is 20.801. The construction of the stadium cost CA$17 million and the venue was opened on May 18, 2008. The Saputo family invested $7.5 million in the construction of the stadium and, as a result, the venue was named Saputo Stadium. Montreal Impact did remarkably well to make it to the CONCACAF Champions League final in the 2014/2015 season, but Mexican team America proved to be a big catch for the Canadian outfit in the title game. Speaking of the Canadian championship, the Impact won their third domestic trophy in 2014, with the team beating Toronto FC in the final of the tournament. Montreal Impact play their home matches in blue and black shirts and black shorts, while the colour of their away kit is white.