New York Red Bulls vs Seattle Sounders FC MLS Picks & Predictions 9/15/2019
Sunday, September 15, 2019
Nicolás Lodeiro and the Seattle Sounders FC (13-7-9, 2nd in the Western Conference) host the New York Red Bulls (12-5-12, 5th in the Eastern Conference) at CenturyLink Field on Sunday, September 15, 2019. The expected starting goalies are Luis Robles for the New York Red Bulls and Stefan Frei for the Seattle Sounders FC. The Sounders are priced at -120 while the Red Bulls are at +260. The over/under opens at 3.5.
The New York Red Bulls head into this matchup holding a mark of 12 victories, 5 draws, and 12 losses ranking them 5th in the Eastern Conference. During the season thus far, they have earned a total of 43 goals which ranks 5th in the conference and 11th in the league. Their goal differential is +3, ranking them 10th in the league. The New York Red Bulls will look to share the ball with their teammates to get the opposition out of place because they currently have a total of 30 assists which ranks 9th in the league and 5th in the conference. When it comes to shots on target, they currently have a total of 136 which ranks 6th in the conference and 12th in the league. As a group, New York has compiled a total of 357 fouls which has them averaging 12.31 fouls per contest. They currently have a total of 41 points for the 2019 season and they are averaging an attendance of 16,959.
Daniel Royer is a great player to watch for the Red Bulls. The midfielder from Austria has taken part in 26 contests for the year and has played 1,966 mins. In that time, the 28-year-old has tallied 9 goals and has had an assist on 5 goals. He is averaging 76 minutes per game. Royer has started 22 contests for the year and has committed 14 fouls in that time. Concerning shots on target, Royer has a total of 32 which has him ranked 9th in Major League Soccer and 1st in the Eastern Conference among midfielders. Kaku is another guy to watch out for on the squad from New York. The 24-year-old from Paraguay has scored 4 goals for the season which puts him at 23rd in the East among midfielders and 91st among all qualified players in MLS. He has played 1,633 minutes and is averaging 74 minutes per game. So far this year, he has a total of 11 shots on target which puts him at 26th in the East among midfielders.
The man looking after the net for the Red Bulls is Luis Robles from the United States. He is 34 years old and has played a total of 2,520 mins minding the goal for the season. Robles is surrendering 1.54 goals per 90 minutes which has him sitting 16th among East goaltenders and 23rd among goaltenders in Major League Soccer. During the 2019 season, he has given up 43 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .648 which has him sitting 12th among East goaltenders.
The Seattle Sounders FC is the team that is standing on the other side of the pitch and for the season they sit with 13 victories, 7 draws, and 9 losses. In terms of goal differential, they are currently sitting 7th in the conference and 14th in MLS with +1. They have compiled a total of 45 goals for the 2019 season which ranks 4th in the conference. Seattle has a team save % of .683 which has them ranked 10th in MLS, which tells us chances to score may be limited. They have an average crowd of 40,104 putting them at 1st in the conference.
One of the scorers to keep an eye on for the Sounders is Nicolás Lodeiro. The 29 year-old has put 5 balls into the back of the goal. He is placed at 4th among midfielders in the West in assists with 7 and has a total of 15 shots on target so far in 2019. He has played a total of 2,232 mins and is averaging 89 mins per game. Another good player on this team is Kelvin Leerdam. The defender from the Netherlands has racked up 5 goals so far this season which puts him at 1st in the West among defenders. He also has racked up 31 fouls.
In net for the Sounders is Stefan Frei
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Seattle (-120)
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