Our football match prediction:
Children’s Mercy Park will host Monday’s football match between Sporting Kansas City and Atlanta United. The Wizards aim to build on a 3-2 win over Chicago Fire and it has to be noted that they have yet to suffer a loss at home ground this season. Sporting Kansas City occupy top position in the Eastern Conference ahead of the visit of Atlanta United and it is no surprise they are considered favourites to win Monday’s clash. The Five Stripes, on the other hand, have been in a thrilling form of late as they recorded four consecutive wins in MLS before sharing the spoils with Orlando City at the weekend. Former Barcelona coach Tata Martino is obviously doing a great job with Atlanta United and we predict that the visitors will grab something from the Children’s Mercy Park showdown. One of the men to watch in the away team will be Hector Villalba, who scored a late equalizer in the 1-1 draw with Orlando City.
Highlighted Player (Diego Rubio):
Diego Rubio is a Chilean attacker who signed his first professional deal with Colo-Colo. Rubio, though, made only eight league appearances (scoring three goals) for the Chilean outfit and in 2011 he moved to Europe, signing a deal with Primeira Liga team Sporting Lisbon. After playing only 11 league matches for the Lions, the 179-cm tall striker joined Spanish club Valladolid at the age of 22. It has to be noted that during his spell with Sporting Lisbon he was loaned to the likes of Pandurii Targu Kiu and Sandnes Ulf. On September 1, 2016 Diego Rubio signed a permanent teal with Sporting Kansas City and he has been playing for the MLS club ever since. Rubio was born on May 15, 1993 in Santiago, the capital of Chile, and he made his debut for the Chilean national football team in June, 2011 against Paraguay. His contract with Sporting Kansas City expires on June 30, 2017.
Highlighted Team (Atlanta United):
Atlanta United are a Major League Soccer club and they were founded on April 16, 2014. They are based in Atlanta, Georgia and they will make their debut in MLS in 2017. Arthur Blank is the club’s owner and Bobby Dodd Stadium is Atlanta United’s home ground. Arthur Blank is an American businessman, who is well known for his ownership of the NFL club Atlanta Falcons. The venue was opened on September 27, 1913 and its’ current capacity is 60.316. However, it has to be noted that the team will play first eight home games of the 2017 season at Bobby Dodd Stadium, while the latter nine fixtures will be hosted by Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Speaking of the club’s colours, Atlanta United footballers wear black and red shirts and black shorts with a little bit of gold mixed in. Gerardo Martino, who used to be in charge of La Liga side Barcelona in the past, will coach Atlanta United in the 2017 MLS season. Tata Martino won the Spanish Super Cup with Barca, while making it to the Copa America final with Argentina on two occasions (2015, 2016).