Seattle Sounders FC vs Colorado Rapids MLS Picks & Predictions 9/7/2019
Saturday, September 7, 2019
Dick's Sporting Goods Park
Jordan Morris and the Seattle Sounders FC (13-7-8, 2nd in the Western Conference) go to Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Saturday where they'll meet the Colorado Rapids (8-6-14, 11th in the Western Conference). The expected starting goalies are Stefan Frei for the Seattle Sounders FC and Tim Howard for the Colorado Rapids. The Rapids are priced at +193 while the Sounders are at +135. The O/U is set at 2.5.
The Seattle Sounders FC head into this game with a record of 13 victories, 7 draws, and 8 defeats putting them at 2nd in the Western Conference. During the season thus far, they have racked up a total of 45 goals which is good for 3rd in the West and 5th in the league. Their goal differential is +3, putting them at 10th in the league. The Seattle Sounders FC will want to make it a priority to get the ball to teammates because they have a total of 31 assists which is good for 7th in the league and 3rd in the West. In connection with shots on target, they have a total of 123 which is good for 9th in the West and 15th in the league. As a team, Seattle has earned a total of 297 fouls which has them averaging 10.61 fouls per game. They have a total of 46 points for 2019 and they are averaging an attendance of 40,104.
Jordan Morris is one of the top players to keep an eye on for the Sounders. The forward from the United States has competed in 21 contests in 2019 and has played a total of 1,678 minutes. During that time, the 24-year-old has tallied 8 goals and has assisted on 5 goals. So far this year he is averaging 80 mins per appearance. Morris has started 20 contests in 2019 and has a total of 14 fouls over the course of that period. When looking at shots on target, Morris has totaled 16 which places him at 60th in the league and 23rd in the West among forwards. Raúl Ruidiaz is another scorer to keep an eye on for the squad from Seattle. The 28-year-old from Peru has a total of 11 goals for the season which puts him at 7th in the Western Conference among forwards and 12th among all qualified players in Major League Soccer. He has played 1,346 mins and is averaging 79 minutes per game. For the year, he has totaled 26 shots on target which puts him at 10th in the Western Conference among forwards.
Protecting the goal for the Sounders is Stefan Frei from Switzerland. He is 32 years old and has played a total of 2,520 minutes minding the goal for the 2019 campaign. Frei is allowing an average of 1.54 goals per 90 minutes which has him placed 8th among Western Conference goaltenders and 24th among goalies in MLS. For the year, he has given up 43 goals. His save % is .679 which has him placed 10th among Western Conference goaltenders.
The Colorado Rapids will be the team on the other side of the pitch and for the year they sit with 8 wins, 6 draws, and 14 losses. In terms of goal differential, they currently sit 10th in the West and 19th in the league with -9. They currently have a total of 44 goals for this year which is 6th in the West. Colorado has a save % as a team of .642 which has them 19th in the league, which tells us there should be some chances to score. They have an average crowd of 14,209 which is good for 12th in the West.
One of the guys to keep an eye on for the Rapids is Andre Shinyashiki. The 23 year-old has driven 5 balls past the man in net. He sits at 26th among forwards in the West in assists with 2 and has 15 shots on target in 2019. He has played 1,228 minutes and has an average of 49 mins per game. Another name to know on this squad is Diego Rubio. The forward from Chile has racked up 9 goals so far this season which ranks him 9th in the West among forwards. He also has a total of 35 fouls.
In goal for the Rapids is Tim Howard
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Seattle (+135)
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