Our prediction for this MLS match:
Sporting Kansas City play host to Toronto at their Children’s Mercy Park on Sunday. Sporting Kansas City made a flying start to the season, but they do not want to stop now. The Wizards’ main goal is to finish the season in top position in the Western Conference and they are likely to go all guns blazing at the out-of-form Reds. In their last home game in the Major League Soccer Sporting Kansas City recorded a 3-2 win over Houston Dynamo and you should bear in mind that they are eyeing their seventh home win of the season. As things stand now, Toronto are unlikely to defend their MLS trophy and seeing that they have been struggling at the back at start of the season, we predict that they are going to return home empty-handed. Jozy Altidore has yet to overcome his long-term injury and it has to be noted that Sebastian Giovinco has been playing below expectations in the first half of the season.
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 (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.