Our prediction for this MLS match:
Thanks to a 1-0 win over Columbus Crew on the last day of the regular season, Toronto clinched their spot in the MLS play-offs. The Reds are determined to regain the trophy, but they will have to be at their sharpest in Sunday’s football game against DC United if they are to make it to the Eastern Conference final. Experienced attacker Jozy Altidore is still capable of producing fine performances at this level and, no doubt, the 29-year-old is going to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders.
Toronto are eyeing their fourth consecutive win at home in the Major League Soccer and they are likely to take advantage of the fact that DC United often struggle on the travels. The capital club were impressive at the back in the season finale, with the team keeping a clean sheet in each of their last four league fixtures. Wayne Rooney and Co. are likely to adopt a defence-minded approach in Sunday’s showdown at BMO Field, but preventing Toronto from scoring at home is easier said than done.
Highlighted Player (Laurent Ciman):
Laurent Ciman is a Belgium international who plays for Montreal Impact in Major League Soccer. The defender who was born in Farciennes on August 5, 1985 played for Charleroi from 2004 to 2008 and he made no less than 85 league appearances for the Belgian outfit.
During the 2007/2008 season he was on Club Brugge’s radar and in the summer of 2008 he joined the Blauw-Zwart. After ending his loan spell with Kortijk Laurent Ciman joined fellow Belgian club Standard Liege and he spent five seasons at Stade Maurice Dufrasne. On January 22, 2015 the defender signed a three-year contract with MLS club Montreal Impact and he has been playing for the Canadian outfit ever since.
Ciman represented Belgium at the 2008 Olympics and he did remarkably well to make Belgium 2014 FIFA World Cup squad. However, he was unused at the showpiece tournament in Brazil. The Montreal Impact footballer scored his first ever goal for Belgium in June, 2016 in a 3-2 victory over Norway.
Highlighted Team (FC Dallas):
Despite making it to the 2010 MLS Cup final, Dallas eventually failed to win the domestic trophy. The Toros (Bulls) were beaten by Colorado in the final played at BMO Field in Toronto and you should bear in mind that the Rapids scored the winner in the extra time.
That was the first and only time Dallas participated in the MLS Cup final, but in 2016 the club won the Supporters’ Shield and the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. The Toros play their home games at Toyota Stadium, the venue that was opened in August, 2005. The stadium’s original name was Pizza Hut Park, but in September 2013 it was renamed as Toyota Stadium after Pizza Hut Park left as a main sponsor.
FC Dallas wear red shits with white stripes when playing at home, while their secondary colors are white and blue. Former Ajax and River Plate ace Mauro Rosales, who joined the Toyota Stadium outfit in 2016, is regarded as one of the club most significant stars.