D.C. United vs Portland Timbers MLS Picks 9/15/2019
Sunday, September 15, 2019
Luciano Acosta and D.C. United (11-9-10, 4th in the Eastern Conference) go to Providence Park on Sunday where they'll meet the Portland Timbers (13-4-11, 6th in the Western Conference). The goalies expected to start are Bill Hamid for D.C. United and Steve Clark for the Portland Timbers. The Black-and-Red are priced at +376 while the Timbers are at -145. The O/U is set at 3.25.
D.C. United comes into this game with a mark of 11 victories, 9 draws, and 10 defeats putting them at 4th in the Eastern Conference. During the season thus far, they have earned a total of 39 goals which puts them at 9th in the conference and 19th in the league. Their goal differential is +1, putting them at 12th in the league. D.C. United will be looking to get teammates involved in the game because they currently have a total of 24 assists which puts them at 21st in the league and 10th in the conference. Concerning shots on target, they currently have a total of 117 which puts them at 8th in the conference and 20th in the league. As a unit, D.C. has racked up a total of 349 fouls which means they are averaging 11.63 fouls per contest. They currently have a total of 42 points for this season and they have an average crowd of 17,628.
Luciano Acosta is one of the players to watch for D.C. The forward from Argentina has taken part in 27 games so far this season and has played 2,066 minutes. During that period of time, the 24-year-old has scored 6 goals and has assisted on 1 goal. He has an average of 77 mins per game. Acosta has been a starter in 22 games so far this season and has racked up 34 fouls in that time. With regard to shots on target, Acosta has a total of 18 which has him ranked 49th in the league and 12th in the East among forwards. Wayne Rooney is another scorer to watch out for on the squad from D.C.. The 33-year-old from England has scored 11 goals in 2019 which has him sitting in 1st in the East among midfielders and 14th among all players in pro soccer. He has played 2,073 minutes and holds an average of 83 minutes per game. For this year, he has connected on 26 shots on target which has him sitting in 4th in the East among midfielders.
The man protecting the goal for D.C is Bill Hamid from the United States. He is 28 years old and has played 2,610 mins minding the net this year. Hamid is allowing 1.28 goals per 90 minutes which has him ranked 6th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 11th in MLS. During this season, he has surrendered 37 goals. He has a save percentage of .758 which has him ranked 4th among Eastern Conference goaltenders.
The Portland Timbers will be looking to get a victory in this matchup and for the 2019 season they sit with 13 wins, 4 draws, and 11 losses. With reference to goal differential, they are sitting 6th in the conference and 9th in the league with +4. They currently have a total of 43 goals for the year which has them sitting at 7th in the conference. Portland has a team save percentage of .719 which has them sitting 4th in the league, meaning they are a tough team to score against. They are averaging an attendance of 25,218 which is good for 2nd in the conference.
One of the scorers to keep an eye on for the Timbers is Diego Valeri. The 32 year-old has put 8 balls past the goaltender. He is sitting at 2nd among midfielders in the Western Conference in assists with 8 and has earned 29 shots on target so far this year. He has totaled 2,303 mins and is averaging 85 minutes per appearance. Another player to watch out for on this team Jeremy Ebobisse. The forward from the United States has tallied 9 goals for the year which puts him at 9th in the West among forwards. He also has a total of 20 fouls.
In goal for the Timbers is Steve Clark
Who will win tonight's soccer game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Portland (-145)
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