Our prediction for this MLS match:
Buoyed by a 2-1 win over Chicago Fire, Seattle Sounders will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they take on Columbus Crew on Sunday morning. Seattle Sounders proved their worth in their opener, but the game against the Mapfre Stadium outfit will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. Jordan Morris, who came from the bench to help Seattle overcome the deficit in the 2-1 win over Chicago Fire, is likely to be recalled to the starting XI.
A man to watch in the away team will be Argentina international Lucas Zelarayan, who scored the winner for Columbus Crew in the triumph over New York City. In their last meeting in the Major League Soccer Seattle Sounders defeated Columbus Crew 2-1, which is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on the hosts.
Highlighted Player (Joevin Jones):
Joevin Jones is a pacey defender who plays for both Seattle Sounders and the Trinidad and Tobago national team. Jones spent his youth career at the likes of Defence Force, Mucurapo Senior Comprehensive and W Connection and he continued playing for the Savonetta Boys at senior level.
The Trinidad and Tobago international played six games for HJK Helsinki during in 2014 as a loan footballer and in 2015 he moved to MLS, signing a contract with Chicago Fire. Joevin Jones then joined Seattle Sounders, but in the 2018/2019 he decided to move to Germany, signing a deal with Darmstadt 98.
In 2019 he returned to Seattle. Jones, who was born in Carenage (Trinidad and Tobago) on August 3, 1991, made his Trinidad and Tobago full international debut on September 7, 2010, coming as a substitute in a match against Panama. His preferred foot is left, whilst his main position is left-back.
Highlighted Team (Columbus Crew):
Columbus Crew are an American soccer club based in Columbus, Ohio. The Black & Gold participate in the Eastern Conference and in 2008 they won both the conference and the MLS CUP final. Columbus Crew defeated New York Red Bulls in the MLS Cup final, with the likes of Moreno, Marshall and Hejduk scoring for the Black & Gold in the title game.
The club welcome their rivals at Mapfre Stadium, the venue which was opened on May, 15 1999. The current capacity of the stadium is 19.968 and it has to be noted that Mapfre Stadium is the first soccer-specific venue ever built for a MLS club.
A number of high-profile players were part of Columbus Crew in the past, but Guillermo Barros Schelotto is the most famous footballer that wore the black and yellow shirt. Schelotto played for Columbus Crew from 2007 to 2010 and during his spell with the Mapfre Stadium outfit the Black & Gold won the aforementioned MLS Cup.