Our football match prediction:
Last season’s runners-up Toronto will be looking to retain top position in the Eastern Conference with a win over San Jose Earthquakes. The Reds did well to beat Montreal Impact in the local derby in their last league match, with the team extending their winning run in the Major League Soccer to four games. Toronto are nine points clear of second-placed New York City ahead of Saturday’s football match against San Jose Earthquakes and it is no surprise they are considered hot favourites on paper to win the game. Sebastian Giovinco, who has netted 15 goals so far this season, will be the man to watch in the home team. Chris Leitch’s men rolled over Los Angeles Galaxy 3-0 in their last game in MLS, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in Saturday’s clash against the Eastern Conference leaders. Jozy Altidore returns from international duty for Toronto and he is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders.
Highligted Player (Sebastian Giovinco):
Sebastian Giovinco is the Italian football ace who plays for Toronto FC as a forward. His side position is attacking midfielder and he is undisputedly the team’s key player. Giovinco began his senior career at Juventus and he played for the likes of Empoli and Parma on loan during his spell at Serie A as well. The 162-cm tall footballer joined Toronto on January 19, 2015 and he has been playing for the Canadian outfit ever since. Giovinco scored 21 goals in 34 league fixtures in the 2016 MLS campaign and he is likely to play an important role in Greg Vanney’s team in the 2017 season. The Italian star made his debut for the Azzurri on February 9, 2011 in a 1-1 draw with Germany in Dortmund and it has to be noted that he won a silver medal with Italy national football team at the 2012 European Championship. Sebastian Giovinco was born in Turin on January 26, 1987 and in May 2013 his wife Shari gave birth to their first child Jacopo.
Highlighted Team (San Jose Earthquakes):
San Jose Earthquakes are members of the Western Conference of Major League Soccer. The Quakes have been participating in the league since 1996 and they won their first MLS Cup trophy in 2001. Back then San Jose outplayed star-studded Los Angeles Galaxy in the title game, but it has to be noted that they scored the winner in the extra time. Two years later the Quakes managed to repeat the success, with the team beating Chicago Fire in the 2003 MLS Cup final. Avaya Stadium is the home ground of San Jose Earthquakes and the capacity of the venue is 18.000. The construction of the stadium cost no less than $100 million and the venue was opened in March, 2015. The club’s home colours are blue and black, whilst the Quakes wear white and red shirts and white shorts when playing on the travels. Chris Wondolowski is the club’s biggest star and he has been playing for San Jose Earthquakes since 2009. The USA ace has 121 league goals on his account ahead of the start of the 2017 season.