Real Salt Lake vs Seattle Sounders FC MLS Playoff Picks 10/23/2019
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Jefferson Savarino and Real Salt Lake (17-5-13, 3rd in the Western Conference) are headed to CenturyLink Field on Wednesday where they'll meet the Seattle Sounders FC (17-8-10, 2nd in the Western Conference) in the Conference Semifinals. The expected starting goalkeepers are Nick Rimando for Real Salt Lake and Stefan Frei for the Seattle Sounders FC. The Sounders are priced at -140 while RSL is at +351. The over/under opens at 2.75. Seattle beat FC Dallas 4-3 in Round 1 while RSL won 2-1 against the Portland Timbers.
Real Salt Lake comes into this game holding a record of 17 wins, 5 draws, and 13 defeats which puts them at 3rd in the Western Conference. Thus far in the season, they have racked up a total of 46 goals which has them ranked at 9th in the West and 16th in MLS. Their goal differential is +5, which puts them at 9th in MLS. Real Salt Lake have a total of 31 assists, which has them ranked at 17th in MLS and 10th in the West. Concerning shots on target, they have a total of 159 which has them ranked at 8th in the West and 14th in MLS. As a unit, Salt Lake has racked up a total of 386 fouls which means they have an average of 11.35 fouls per game. They have a total of 53 points for the season and they are averaging a crowd of 18,121.
Jefferson Savarino is one of the top players for RSL. The forward from Venezuala has competed in 82 contests in the time he's played professional soccer and has totaled 6,845 minutes. In that time, the 22-year-old has scored 21 goals and has had an assist on 19 goals. He's earned a career average of 83.5 minutes per appearance. Savarino has been a starter in 82 games over the course of his professional soccer career and has a total of 63 fouls over the course of that time. With reference to shots on target, Savarino has produced 94 over the course of his pro soccer career which has him ranked 94th out of all players still active and 25th in the West among forwards. Albert Rusnák is another scorer to watch out for on the squad from Salt Lake. The 24-year-old from Slovakia has scored 39 goals in his career which ranks him 14th in the West among midfielders and 64th when compared to active players in pro soccer. He has totaled 13,697 minutes in his professional soccer career which has him sitting in 30th among active midfielders and averages 80.1 minutes per game which has him sitting in 122nd in MLS. In his professional soccer career, he has totaled 137 shots on target which puts him at 10th in the Western Conference among active midfielders.
The man looking after the net for RSL is Nick Rimando from the United States. He is 39 years old and has totaled 2,610 minutes minding the goal for the year. Rimando is giving up 1.24 goals per 90 minutes which has him placed 5th among West goalies and 11th among goaltenders in MLS. For the 2019 campaign, he has surrendered 36 goals. His save percentage is .684 which has him placed 10th among West goalies.
The Seattle Sounders FC is the team that is standing on the other side of the pitch and for the year they sit with 17 wins, 8 draws, and 10 defeats. in respect to goal differential, they are ranked 5th in the conference and 11th in MLS with +3. They currently have a total of 50 goals for this year which puts them at 5th in the conference. Seattle has a save % as a team of .705 which has them sitting 7th in MLS, which tells us chances to score may be scarce. They have an average crowd of 40,247 putting them at 1st in the conference.
One of the guys to remember for the Sounders is Raúl Ruidiaz. The 28 year-old has delivered 59 balls past the goalkeeper in the time he's played pro soccer. He sits at 44th among active forwards in the West in assists with 6 and has earned 121 shots on target in the time he's played pro soccer. He has totaled 8,182 minutes and is averaging 81.0 mins per appearance in the time he's played pro soccer. Another one of the great players on this squad is Cristian Roldan. The midfielder from the United States has netted 21 goals in the time he's played professional soccer which is 24th in the Western Conference among active midfielders. He also has committed 139 fouls.
In goal for the Sounders is Stefan Frei
Who will win tonight's soccer game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Salt Lake (+351)
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