FC Dallas vs Seattle Sounders FC Expert MLS Picks 10/19/2019
Saturday, October 19, 2019
Cristian Roldan and the Seattle Sounders FC (16-8-10, 2nd in the Western Conference) play FC Dallas (13-9-12, 7th in the Western Conference) at CenturyLink Field on Saturday, October 19, 2019. The goalies expected to start are Jesse Gonzalez for FC Dallas and Stefan Frei for the Seattle Sounders FC. FCD is priced at +300 while the Sounders are at -134. The total opens at 2.5.
FC Dallas comes into this matchup with a record of 13 victories, 9 draws, and 12 defeats which is good for 7th in the Western Conference. So far this season, they have converted a total of 51 goals which ranks them 4th in the West and 9th in the league. Their goal differential is +8, which is good for 7th in the league. FC Dallas will need to make sure they're making the right passes out there because they have a total of 34 assists, which ranks them 15th in the league and 8th in the West. With regard to shots on target, they have a total of 168 which ranks them 7th in the West and 11th in the league. As a group, Dallas has collected a total of 436 fouls which means they have an average of 12.82 fouls per contest. They have a total of 48 points for 2019 and they have an average attendance of 14,842.
Dominique Badji is a great player to watch for FCD. The forward from Senegal has participated in 135 games in the time he's played pro soccer and has played 9,224 minutes. During that period of time, the 26-year-old has racked up 34 goals and has assisted on 11 goals. He's earned a career average of 68.3 mins per appearance. Badji has been a starter in 135 games in the time he has played pro soccer and has committed 197 fouls in the process. When discussing shots on target, Badji has produced 100 over the course of his pro soccer career which has him ranked 87th out of active players and 22nd in the West among forwards. Jesus Ferreira is another scorer to keep an eye on for the squad from Dallas. The 18-year-old from Colombia has scored 15 goals over the course of his career which places him at 38th in the Western Conference among forwards and 163rd when compared to all players still active in professional soccer. He has played 3,440 mins in the time he's played pro soccer which puts him at 45th among active forwards and has an average of 70.2 minutes per game which puts him at 273rd in Major League Soccer. Over the course of his career, he has a total of 36 shots on target which has him ranked 43rd in the Western Conference among active forwards.
The man protecting the net for FCD is Jesse Gonzalez from Mexico. He is 23 years old and has been on the field a total of 2,880 mins defending the net this year. Gonzalez is giving up an average of 1.31 goals per 90 minutes which has him ranked 7th among Western Conference goaltenders and 15th among goalies in MLS. During this year, he has given up 42 goals. He has a save percentage of .667 which has him ranked 12th among Western Conference goaltenders.
The Seattle Sounders FC is the team looking to add points to their total and for the year they sit with 16 victories, 8 draws, and 10 losses. In connection with goal differential, they sit 5th in the West and 11th in the league with +3. They currently have a total of 50 goals for this season which has them sitting at 5th in the West. Seattle has a team save % of .705 which has them sitting 7th in the league, which tells us scoring opportunities may be scarce. They are averaging an attendance of 40,247 ranking them 1st in the West.
One of the toughest players to defend for the Sounders is Cristian Roldan. The 23 year-old has put 21 balls past the man in net in his professional soccer career. He is 34th among active midfielders in the Western Conference in assists with 14 and has earned 59 shots on target in his professional soccer career. He has played a total of 12,326 mins and averages 81.1 minutes per appearance in his professional soccer career. Another solid player on this team is Raúl Ruidiaz. The forward from Peru has netted 59 goals over the course of his pro soccer career which is 10th in the Western Conference among active forwards. He also has racked up 92 fouls.
In net for the Sounders is Stefan Frei
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Seattle (-134)
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