Our football match prediction:
Difficult as it was, Sporting Kansas City’s 1-1 draw against Real Salt Lake offered some promise midway through the regular MLS season. Peter Vermes’ men faces a season-high 20 shots through the night at Rio Tanto Stadium, but still managed to remain unbeaten for the tenth time in all competitions. Not only did Benny Feilhaber’s equalizing penalty a minute shy off the hour-mark account for the first spot kick this season for Sporting Kansas City, it was also a goal that lifted the current unbeaten streak into club’s all-time fourth longest. The run will be put to a difficult test, however, as Kansas City prepare to welcome in-form Chicago Fire. Veljko Paunovic’s men might have suffered their first defeat since April as they fall short to New York City in a 2-1 loss, but they still remain big favoruties in their forthcoming fixture. Sporting Kansas City will get a resounding sense of optimism, however, knowing that Fire failed to win any of their last three away matches in all competitions. Fire will need to find a way to work out their possession play and restore their edge upfront if they want to get back to winning ways and remain in the running for Eastern Conference’s top spot.
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 (Chicago Fire):
Based in the suburb of Bridgeview, Illinois, Chicago Fire are a professional soccer club who compete in Major League Soccer. Chicago Fire were founded on October 8, 1997 and one year later they won the MLS Cup by beating D.C. United (2-0) in the title game. The club play their home games at Toyota Park, the venue that was opened on June 11, 2006. Chicago Fire won four U.S. Open Cups (1998, 2000, 2003 and 2006) and in 2009 they were beaten by UANL Tigres in the North American Superliga final. The likes of Chris Armas, DeMarcus Beasley, Brian McBride, Eric Wynalda and Frank Klopas are some of the notable footballers who played for Chicago Fire in the past. It has to be noted that a number of veterans were part of the club as well: Cuauhtemoc Blanco, Pavel Pardo, Piotr Nowak, Hristo Stoichkov and Lubos Kubik. The club’s official coloures are red and white and they are nicknamed Men in Red. Veljko Paunovic, who won the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup with Serbia, is one of the club’s most famous coaches.