Minnesota United FC vs FC Dallas Expert MLS Picks 8/10/2019
Saturday, August 10, 2019
Angelo Rodriguez and Minnesota United (11-5-7, 2nd in the Western Conference) head to Toyota Stadium on Saturday where they'll take on FC Dallas (9-6-9, 7th in the Western Conference). The probable starting goaltenders are Vito Mannone for Minnesota United and Jesse Gonzalez for FC Dallas. The moneyline on this game has Minnesota United coming in at +340 and FCD is at -136. The total has been set at 3.
Minnesota United FC comes into this match holding a record of 11 wins, 5 draws, and 7 defeats which is good for 2nd in the Western Conference. So far this season, they have scored a total of 37 goals which is 4th in the West and 9th in the league. That said, if they are going to get the win in the matchup, they are going to want to put the pressure on the opposition. Their goal differential is +9 which is good for 5th in the league. Minnesota United FC will be looking to get teammate involved in the game as they currently have a total of 24 assists which is 11th in the league and 5th in the West. With regard to shots on target, they currently have a total of 87 which is 12th in the West and 22nd in the league. As a team, Minnesota has obtained a total of 286 fouls which means they have an average of 12.43 fouls per contest. They currently have a total of 38 points for the season and they are averaging a crowd of 19,748.
Angelo Rodriguez is one of the best players to watch for the Loons. The forward from Colombia has played in 22 contests for the year and has played a total of 1,421 minutes. During that time, the 29-year-old has tallied 5 goals and has assisted on 1 goal. So far this year he is averaging 65 minutes per game. Rodriguez has been a starter in 17 contests for the year and has committed 33 fouls in that time. With regard to shots on target, Rodriguez has a total of 13 which has him ranking 59th in Major League Soccer and 22nd in the Western Conference among forwards. Mason Toye is another guy to watch out for on the team from Minnesota. The 20-year-old from the United States has netted 4 goals in 2019 which has him ranked 26th in the Western Conference among forwards and 66th among all players in MLS. He has played a total of 302 minutes and holds an average of 38 minutes per appearance which has him ranked 435th in MLS. So far this season, he has earned 4 shots on target which has him ranked 46th in the Western Conference among forwards.
The man looking after the net for the Loons is Vito Mannone from Italy. He is 30 years old and has played 2,070 mins in net for the year. Mannone is surrendering 1.35 goals per 90 minutes which has him ranked 6th among Western Conference goaltenders and 18th among goalies in Major League Soccer. Over the course of the 2019 season, he's allowed 31 goals. He holds a save % of .718 which has him ranked 5th among Western Conference goaltenders.
FC Dallas comes into this matchup with a record of 9 victories, 6 draws, and 9 defeats ranking them 7th in the Western Conference. So far this season, they have scored a total of 28 goals which puts them at 11th in the West and 21st in the league. This means that if they are going to get the win in this game, they will want to put some goals in the back of the net. Their goal differential is +3 ranking them 9th in the league. FC Dallas will look to get teammates more involved in this game as they have a total of 19 assists which puts them at 21st in the league and 11th in the West. Concerning shots on target, they have a total of 109 which puts them at 4th in the West and 10th in the league. As a group, Dallas has compiled a total of 302 fouls which means they are averaging 12.58 fouls per game. They have a total of 33 points for the season and they are averaging an attendance of 14,633.
Jesus Ferreira is one of the standout players to keep an eye on for FCD. The forward from Colombia has participated in 23 games so far in 2019 and has played a total of 1,693 minutes. Up to now, the 18-year-old has tallied 6 goals and has assisted on 3 goals. So far this year he is averaging 74 mins per game. Ferreira has been a starter in 19 games so far in 2019 and has totaled 17 fouls during that period. When discussing shots on target, Ferreira has connected on 15 which has him ranked 52nd in MLS and 19th in the West among forwards. Dominique Badji is another player to keep an eye on for the squad from Dallas. The 26-year-old from Senegal has netted 6 goals so far this year which places him at 19th in the West among forwards and 42nd among all players in MLS. He has totaled 1,328 minutes and averages 70 mins per appearance which places him at 265th in MLS. For the year, he has connected on 15 shots on target which places him at 20th in the West among forwards.
Looking after the net for FCD is Jesse Gonzalez from Mexico. He is 23 years old and has totaled 1,980 minutes defending the net for the 2019 season. Gonzalez is conceding an average of 1.09 goals per 90 mins which ranks him 4th in the Western Conference and 6th in Major League Soccer among goalies. For the 2019 campaign, he has surrendered 24 goals. He's earned a save % of .700 which ranks him 9th in the Western Conference.
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Dallas (-136)
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