New York City FC vs Colorado Rapids MLS Picks & Predictions 7/20/2019
Saturday, July 20, 2019
Dick's Sporting Goods Park
Maximiliano Moralez and New York City FC (7-8-3, 7th in the Eastern Conference) travel to Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Saturday where they'll meet the Colorado Rapids (5-5-10, 11th in the Western Conference). The probable starting goalies are Sean Johnson for New York City FC and Tim Howard for the Colorado Rapids. The moneyline on this matchup has New York City FC coming in at +107 and the Rapids are at +195. The total opens at 3.
New York City FC comes into this game with a mark of 7 victories, 8 draws, and 3 losses putting them at 7th in the Eastern Conference. So far this year, they have earned a total of 31 goals which puts them at 7th in the conference and 10th in the league. That said, if they are going to get the win this game, they will look to play mistake free soccer so they can take advantage of their opportunities. Their goal differential is +9 putting them at 2nd in the league. New York City FC will be looking to get teammate involved in the game as they have earned a total of 23 assists which puts them at 6th in the league and 4th in the conference. When looking at shots on target, they have earned a total of 97 which puts them at 5th in the conference and 9th in the league. As a unit, New York City has compiled a total of 258 fouls which has them averaging 14.33 fouls per game. They have earned a total of 29 points for this season and they are averaging an attendance of 20,704.
Maximiliano Moralez is one of the players to watch for NYCFC. The midfielder from Argentina has taken part in 16 games so far this season and has played 1,399 minutes. In that time, the 31-year-old has racked up 6 goals and has assisted on 8 goals. He is averaging 87 minutes per game. Moralez has started 16 games so far this season and has totaled 26 fouls over the course of that time. With reference to shots on target, Moralez has 17 which ranks him 21st in MLS and 6th in the East among midfielders. Valentin Castellanos is another scorer to watch out for on the team from New York City. The 20-year-old from Argentina has racked up 5 goals so far in 2019 which is 8th in the East among midfielders and 45th among all players in Major League Soccer. He has played 903 mins and has an average of 60 minutes per game which is 327th in Major League Soccer. In 2019, he has totaled 13 shots on target which is 15th in the East among midfielders.
The man looking after the goal for NYCFC is Sean Johnson from the United States. He is 29 years old and has played 1,260 mins defending the goal for the 2019 campaign. Johnson is giving up an average of 1.21 goals per 90 mins which puts him at 5th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 10th among goaltenders in MLS. Over the course of the 2019 campaign, he has allowed 17 goals. He has a save % of .605 which puts him at 14th among Eastern Conference goaltenders.
The Colorado Rapids head into this matchup holding a mark of 5 victories, 5 draws, and 10 defeats putting them at 11th in the Western Conference. Thus far in the season, they have racked up a total of 31 goals which has them at 5th in the conference and 12th in the league. This means that if they are going to get away with the victory in this matchup, they are going to need to play really tough. Their goal differential is -9 putting them at 19th in the league. The Colorado Rapids will look to get teammates more involved in this game because they have earned a total of 17 assists which has them at 20th in the league and 11th in the conference. When discussing shots on target, they have earned a total of 90 which has them at 6th in the conference and 12th in the league. As a group, Colorado currently has a total of 244 fouls which means they are averaging 12.2 fouls per contest. They have earned a total of 20 points for the season and they have an average crowd of 14,154.
Kei Kamara is one of the best players to watch for the Rapids. The forward from Sierra Leone has engaged in 19 games for the year and has played 1,687 minutes. In that time, the 34-year-old has racked up 8 goals and has had an assist on 1 goal. He has an average of 89 mins per game. Kamara has been a starter in 19 games for the year and has racked up 26 fouls over the course of that period. In terms of shots on target, Kamara has a total of 25 which is 5th in Major League Soccer and 4th in the Eastern Conference among forwards. Diego Rubio is another scorer to watch out for on the squad from Colorado. The 25-year-old from Chile has a total of 4 goals for the year which places him at 22nd in the East among forwards and 58th among all players in MLS. He has played 1,157 minutes and holds an average of 77 minutes per game which places him at 199th in MLS. For this season, he has produced 4 shots on target which places him at 37th in the East among forwards.
Looking after the net for the Rapids is Tim Howard from the United States. He is 39 years old and has totaled 1,710 mins defending the net for the season. Howard is allowing an average of 2.05 goals per 90 minutes which has him ranking in 17th in the Western Conference and 39th in Major League Soccer among goaltenders. During this year, he has surrendered 39 goals. He holds a save percentage of .589 which has him ranking in 18th in the Western Conference.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take New York City (+107)
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