Our prediction for this MLS match:
Children’s Mercy Park will host midweek game between Sporting Kansas City and Minnesota United. Sporting KC quickly made amends for back-to-back losses to the likes of Real Salt Lake and Orlando City, with the team beating San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 on home soil. The Wizards aim to move a little closer to the play-offs berth, meaning that Friday’s football match is of big importance for them.
A man to watch in the home team will be Chile international Felipe Gutierez, who has netted 10 goals in the Major League Soccer so far this season. The Loons, on the other hand, are on the right track to book their place in the play-offs as they sit in second place in the Western Conference ahead of the trip to Kansas. Anyhow, Sporting KC want this win more than Minnesota United, which is probably the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on Peter Vermes’ men.
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 (Minnesota United):
Based in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area, Minnesota United are a professional soccer club that will compete in the Western Conference in the Major League Soccer from 2017. The Loons will make their MLS debut against Portland Timbers on March 4, 2017 and, no doubt, they have big ambitions for the forthcoming season.
Minnesota United are the sixth team to join MLS from a lower division and they will welcome their rivals at TCF Bank Stadium. The capacity of the stadium is 52.525 and it was opened in September, 2009. Bill McGuire is the club’s owner and he is on a quest to turn Minnesota United into a top-table side in the Western Conference.
Adrian Heath will be in charge of the club in the 2017 season and it has to be noted that the English tactician used to train the likes of Manchester City, Everton, Aston Villa and Espanyol in the past. You should know that the club was founded on March 25, 2015.