Toronto FC vs Los Angeles FC MLS Picks 9/21/2019
Saturday, September 21, 2019
Banc of California Stadium
Jozy Altidore and Toronto FC (12-9-10, 4th in the Eastern Conference) head to Banc of California Stadium on Saturday where they'll meet Los Angeles FC (19-7-4, 1st in the Western Conference). The probable starting goalies are Quentin Westberg for Toronto FC and Tyler Miller for Los Angeles FC. TFC is priced at +800 while LAFC is at -420. The O/U is set at 3.25.
Toronto FC steps onto the field with a mark of 12 victories, 9 draws, and 10 defeats which puts them at 4th in the Eastern Conference. Thus far in the season, they have racked up a total of 53 goals which ranks 3rd in the conference and 4th in MLS. Their goal differential is +4, which puts them at 8th in MLS. Toronto FC will want to make it a priority to get the ball to teammates because they have earned a total of 36 assists, which ranks 5th in MLS and 3rd in the conference. With regard to shots on target, they have earned a total of 159 which ranks 3rd in the conference and 5th in MLS. As a unit, Toronto has earned a total of 312 fouls which means they are averaging 10.06 fouls per game. They have earned a total of 45 points for this year and they have an average crowd of 25,133.
Jozy Altidore is one of the players to keep an eye on for TFC. The forward from the United States has taken part in 19 games in 2019 and has totaled 1,467 minutes. During that time, the 29-year-old has scored 10 goals and has had an assist on 4 goals. So far this year he is averaging 77 mins per appearance. Altidore has started 15 games in 2019 and has racked up 27 fouls over the course of that period. In terms of shots on target, Altidore has produced 21 which ranks him 41st in pro soccer and 9th in the East among forwards. Alejandro Pozuelo is another player to keep an eye on for the squad from Toronto. The 27-year-old from Spain has tallied 11 goals for the year which has him sitting in 2nd in the East among midfielders and 18th among all qualified players in MLS. He has played a total of 2,268 mins and is averaging 84 minutes per appearance. Up to now for the season, he has 30 shots on target which has him sitting in 2nd in the East among midfielders.
In net for TFC is Quentin Westberg from the United States. He is 32 years old and has been on the field a total of 2,250 minutes defending the net for the 2019 season. Westberg is allowing an average of 1.56 goals per 90 minutes which has him ranking 16th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 24th among goaltenders in MLS. Over the course of this season, he has given up 39 goals. He holds a save percentage of .625 which has him ranking 15th among Eastern Conference goaltenders.
Los Angeles FC is the team that is standing on the other side of the pitch and for the season they have 19 victories, 7 draws, and 4 defeats. When it comes to goal differential, they are sitting 1st in the West and 1st in the league with +44. They have compiled a total of 76 goals for 2019 which ranks 1st in the West. Los Angeles has a save % as a team of .700 which currently has them sitting 6th in the league, which means scoring opportunities may be scarce. They are averaging a crowd of 22,257 which puts them at 4th in the West.
One of the scorers to remember for LAFC is Diego Rossi. The 20 year-old has guided 15 balls into the net. He is sitting at 9th among forwards in the West in assists with 5 and has totaled 43 shots on target for the season. He has played a total of 2,542 minutes and averages 85 mins per game. Another good player on this squad is Adama Diomande. The forward from Norway has scored 8 goals this year which has him sitting in 13th in the West among forwards. He also has committed 20 fouls.
In goal for LAFC is Tyler Miller
Who will win tonight's soccer game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Toronto (+800)
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