Our forecast for this MLS game:
Player in focus (James Igbekeme):
James Igbekeme is a Nigerian soccer player who competes in La Liga 2 for Zaragoza as a wing player. His main role is as a central midfielder, but he is also skilled at playing on the left side.
The Nigerian player began playing professionally at Ribeirao, a club in Portugal. After scoring twice in 43 games for Os Ribeirenses, he transferred to another Portuguese team, Gil Vicente. In 2018, he chose to move to Spain and signed a contract with Zaragoza for four years. Standing at 170 cm, he made his debut for Zaragoza on August 19, 2018, helping them secure a 2-1 victory against Rayo Majadahonda.
On September 8, 2018, he made his club debut and scored his first goal in a 4-0 victory against Real Oviedo. Igbekeme’s preferred foot is his left and his contract with the team will end on June 30, 2023. The midfielder for Zaragoza was born in Lagos on July 4, 1995 and has not yet been selected to play for the Nigerian national football team.
Team in focus (Atlanta United):
Atlanta United is a professional soccer team in the Major League Soccer (MLS). It was established on April 16, 2014 and is located in Atlanta, Georgia. The team is set to make its first appearance in the MLS in 2017. The club is owned by Arthur Blank and their home stadium is Bobby Dodd Stadium.
Arthur Blank is a prominent American entrepreneur who owns the NFL team Atlanta Falcons. The stadium was inaugurated on September 27, 1913 and currently has a capacity of 60,316. However, it should be noted that for the 2017 season, the team will play their first eight home games at Bobby Dodd Stadium while the remaining nine games will be held at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
The players of Atlanta United football team sport black and red jerseys, paired with black shorts and a touch of gold. Gerardo Martino, previously managing La Liga’s Barcelona, will lead Atlanta United in the upcoming 2017 MLS season. Tata Martino achieved victory in the Spanish Super Cup with Barcelona, and has also guided Argentina to the Copa America final twice (2015, 2016).