San Jose Earthquakes vs New York City FC MLS Point Spread Picks 9/14/2019
Saturday, September 14, 2019
Shea Salinas and the San Jose Earthquakes (13-5-10, 4th in the Western Conference) head to Yankee Stadium on Saturday where they'll take on New York City FC (15-8-5, 1st in the Eastern Conference). The goalies expected to start are Mario Daniel Vega for the San Jose Earthquakes and Sean Johnson for New York City FC. NYCFC is priced at -130 while the Earthquakes are at +333. The O/U is set at 3.
The San Jose Earthquakes come into this matchup with a record of 13 wins, 5 draws, and 10 defeats which is good for 4th in the Western Conference. Thus far in the season, they have scored a total of 47 goals which ranks them 2nd in the West and 5th in the league. Their goal differential is +5, which is good for 8th in the league. The San Jose Earthquakes will look to make sure they are sharing the ball because they currently have a total of 37 assists which ranks them 4th in the league and 2nd in the West. With reference to shots on target, they currently have a total of 177 which ranks them 2nd in the West and 2nd in the league. As a unit, San Jose has racked up a total of 360 fouls which means they are averaging 12.86 fouls per contest. They currently have a total of 44 points for 2019 and they have an average crowd of 18,975.
Shea Salinas is one of the standout players to watch for the Earthquakes. The midfielder from the United States has played in 23 contests so far in 2019 and has totaled 1,176 minutes. Over the course of that time, the 32-year-old has scored 6 goals and has assisted on 3 goals. He currently holds an average of 51 minutes per appearance. Salinas has started 12 contests so far in 2019 and has racked up 11 fouls over the course of that period. Regarding shots on target, Salinas has a total of 8 which has him sitting in 126th in Major League Soccer and 26th in the Western Conference among midfielders. Chris Wondolowski is another player to watch out for on the squad from San Jose. The 36-year-old from the United States has scored 13 goals so far in 2019 which places him at 4th in the Western Conference among forwards and 7th among all qualified players in the league. He has played 1,631 minutes and has an average of 60 minutes per appearance. For the 2019 season, he has connected on 26 shots on target which places him at 10th in the Western Conference among forwards.
The goalie for the Earthquakes is Mario Daniel Vega from Argentina. He is 34 years old and has totaled 2,520 mins defending the goal this season. Vega is surrendering an average of 1.54 goals per 90 minutes which puts him at 8th among Western Conference goalies and 24th in MLS. During this season, he has given up 43 goals. He holds a save % of .653 which puts him at 15th among Western Conference goalies.
New York City FC is the team looking to add points to their total and for the season they sit with 15 wins, 8 draws, and 5 losses. In discussing goal differential, they are currently ranked 1st in the Eastern Conference and 2nd in MLS with +18. They have earned a total of 53 goals for the season which is good for 2nd in the Eastern Conference. New York City has a team save percentage of .653 which has them sitting 15th in MLS, which tells us scoring chances could present themselves. They have an average attendance of 21,042 putting them at 5th in the Eastern Conference.
One of the toughest players to defend for NYCFC is Valentin Castellanos. The 20 year-old has guided 10 balls past the goaltender. He ranks 20th among midfielders in the Eastern Conference in assists with 4 and has produced 27 shots on target for the year. He has totaled 1,604 minutes and averages 64 mins per appearance. Another dangerous player on this squad is Alexander Ring. The midfielder from Finland has a total of 4 goals so far this year which places him at 15th in the East among midfielders. He also has committed 60 fouls.
In net for NYCFC is Sean Johnson who is having an ok year by allowing 1.26 goals per 90 mins and that has him ranked 13th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 24th among goalies in Major League Soccer. In the 2,070 minutes he has played this year, he's given up 29 goals. He has a save percentage of .659 which has him ranking 10th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 24th among goalies in Major League Soccer.
Who will win tonight's soccer game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take San Jose (+333)
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