Our prediction for this MLS match:
All eyes will be on Children’s Mercy Park when Sporting Kansas City and Orlando City go head to head on Thursday morning. The Wizards experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 3-2 loss to Dallas, with the team dropping to second position in the standings. Sporting Kansas City are eager to overtake leaders Seattle Sounders, and they are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in the midweek clash.
Keep in mind, though, that the likes of Espinosa, Gutierez, and Reid are sidelined with injury, while Salloi and Sanchez are rated doubtful for the match. The Lions, on the other hand, have been showings signs of improvement of late, with the team recording back-to-back wins over Inter Miami and Chicago Fire. Orlando City are high on confidence ahead of the trip to Kansas City, and given their attacking potential, both teams to score betting option should be considered. Both Moutinho and Dwyer are injured for the visitors.
Highlighted Player (Felipe Gutierrez):
Filipe Gutierrez is a Spanish footballer who plays as a central midfielder for La Liga side Real Betis. The Chilean international is capable of playing as both attacking and left midfielder as well and he started his senior career at Universidad Catolica.
He scored 19 goals in 65 appearances for los Cruzados, but in 2012 he decided to move to Europe. Gutierrez signed a deal with Eredivisie side Twente in June 2012 for a fee of $4 million. After making 94 league appearances for Twente he joined La Liga team Real Betis on 6 July, 2016. Felipe Gutierrez won Copa America with Chile in 2015 as La Roja defeated star-studded Argentina in the title game. Speaking of his club honours, Gutierrez won the 2010 Primera division de Chile trophy with Universidad Catolica.
It has to be noted that he was named Most Valuable Player of the Eredivisie for the 2013/2014 campaign. Felipe Gutierrez earned his 27th cap for Chile in a 4-1 win over Venezuela in the World Cup qualifiers in March 2016.
Highlighted Team (Orlando City):
Orlando City are a member of the Eastern Conference in Major League Soccer. The Lions have been participating in the major league since 2015 and they host their rivals at Orlando City Stadium. The venue was opened in February, 2017 and the construction of the stadium cost $155 million. Orlando City finished the 2015 MLS season in seventh place in the Eastern Conference and they failed to make it to the play-offs in the 2016 season as well (8th place).
Brazilian ace Kaka is undisputedly the club’s most famous player and the former Real Madrid and Milan man became the highest-paid player in MLS history. His base salary was $6.6 million per year and it has to be noted that the Brazilian superstar found the net on his Orlando City debut against FC Dallas (friendly). Orlando City’s home kit is violet, while they wear white and violet shirts and white socks on the travels. The club’s official mascot is Kingston the Lion.