Our prediction for this MLS match:
Toronto FC and Columbus Crew go head to head at BMO Field in a highly-anticipated Major League Soccer game. The Reds are eager to record their first win of the process, and they are likely to go all guns blazing at the Black & Gold. Adama Diomande limped off with injury in a 1-1 draw with Atlanta United, with the Canada forward joining Themi Antonoglou and Lorenzo Insigne in the recovery room. Ayo Akinola is yet another absentee in the home team.
Columbus Crew, on the other hand, aim to build on a 2-0 win over DC United. The Black & Gold, though, are not regarded as good travellers, and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Toronto’s party at BMO Field. In their last meeting in the MLS Columbus defeated Toronto 2-1, meaning that the hosts are hungry for revenge. Christian Ramirez should be the only absentee in the away team.
Highlighted Player (James Igbekeme):
James Igbekeme is a Nigerian footballer who plays for Zaragoza in La Liga 2 as a winger. Igbekeme’s primary position is central midfield, but he is capable of producing fine displays as a left midfielder as well.
The Nigeria international started his senior career at Portuguese club Ribeirao, and after scoring two goals in 43 appearances for Os Ribeirenses, he moved to fellow Portuguese outfit Gil Vicente. In 2018 he decided to move to Spain, signing a four-year deal with Zaragoza. The 170-cm tall footballer made his Zaragoza debut on August 19, 2018 in a 2-1 win over Rayo Majadahonda.
He scored his first goal for the club in a 4-0 win at Real Oviedo on September 8, 2018. Igbekeme’s preferred foot is left, and his contract with los Blanquillos should expire on June 30, 2023. The Zaragoza midfielder born in Lagos on July 4, 1995 has yet to receive a call-up for the Nigeria national football team.
Highlighted Team (Columbus Crew):
Columbus Crew are an American soccer club based in Columbus, Ohio. The Black & Gold participate in the Eastern Conference and in 2008 they won both the conference and the MLS CUP final. Columbus Crew defeated New York Red Bulls in the MLS Cup final, with the likes of Moreno, Marshall and Hejduk scoring for the Black & Gold in the title game.
The club welcome their rivals at Mapfre Stadium, the venue which was opened on May, 15 1999. The current capacity of the stadium is 19.968 and it has to be noted that Mapfre Stadium is the first soccer-specific venue ever built for a MLS club.
A number of high-profile players were part of Columbus Crew in the past, but Guillermo Barros Schelotto is the most famous footballer that wore the black and yellow shirt. Schelotto played for Columbus Crew from 2007 to 2010 and during his spell with the Mapfre Stadium outfit the Black & Gold won the aforementioned MLS Cup.