Our prediction for this MLS match:
Sporting Kansas City and Chicago Fire go head to head at Children’s Mercy Park on Sunday. The Wizards have been having their ups and downs of late, with the team beating Austin 4-1, losing to Los Angeles FC, while sharing the spoils with Los Angeles Galaxy. The opposition back-line should have Alan Pulido at bay as the Mexico forward scored a brace in the midweek draw. Marinos Tzionis is back from international duty, while all Cameron Duke, Andreu Fontas, Logan Ndenbe, Graham Zusi, Tim Melia, William Agada, Kayden Pierre, and Kortne Thompson-Ford should miss out through injuries.
Chicago Fire, on the other hand, aim to build on a 2-1 win over Portland Timbers. Switzerland midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri returns from international duty, while Sierra Leone forward Kei Kamara is pushing for a start after scoring the winner in the midweek triumph. Anyhow, home win should be considered as Sporting Kansas City emerged triumphant in four of their last five games at Children’s Mercy Park.
Highlighted Player (Johnny Russell):
After spending the greatest part of his career at Derby County, Johnny Russell joined Sporting Kansas City in 2018. Russell was born in Glasgow, the capital of Scotland, on April 8, 1990 and he started his youth career at Dundee United.
The 178-cm tall attacker was producing fine performances for the Scottish side from 2007 to 2013 when he moved to Derby County. The Rams booked their place in the Championship on several occassions, but they eventually failed to secure promotion to the Premier League. As a result, Johnny Russell decided to move to MLS, signing a three-year deal with Sporting Kansas city on January 31, 2018.
The Scotland international made his debut for the Wizards in the opening match of the 2019 season against New York City. Speaking of his debut for the national team, he played his first game for Scotland in November 2014 in a 3-1 loss to England. His main position is left winger, but he is capable of playing as both centre-forward and right winger as well.
Highlighted Team (Chicago Fire):
Based in the suburb of Bridgeview, Illinois, Chicago Fire is 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 colors 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.