Our prediction for this MLS match:
BMO Field will host Sunday’s football game between Toronto and Orlando City, the two teams who sit in the opposite halves of the table. The Reds aim to build on a 3-2 win over New England Revolution, but this match will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts, who are no longer considered one of the teams to beat in the MLS. To make things even worse for the hosts, all Ayo Akinola, Richie Laryea, Kemar Lawrence, Jonathan Osorio, and Eriq Zavaleta are on international duty.
The Lions, on the other hand, are eager to bounce back from a 3-1 loss to Chicago Fire. Orlando have been producing fine displays on the travels this season, and given the number of absentees in the home team, away win should be considered. Daryl Dyke represents USA at the 2021 Gold Cup, while Brazil trio Carlos Antonio – Pato – Ruan is likely to miss the game through injury.
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 (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.