Toronto FC vs New York City FC MLS Playoff Tips 10/23/2019
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Alexander Ring and New York City FC (18-10-6, 1st in the Eastern Conference) play Toronto FC (14-11-10, 4th in the Eastern Conference) at Citi Field on Wednesday, October 23, 2019. The goalkeepers expected to start are Quentin Westberg for Toronto FC and Sean Johnson for New York City FC. The odds on this contest have Toronto FC priced at +231 and NYCFC is at +102. The total has been set at 3. Toronto advanced by beating DC United by a score of 5-1 while NYCFC had a 1st round bye.
Toronto FC comes into this match holding a mark of 14 wins, 11 draws, and 10 losses which puts them at 4th in the Eastern Conference. So far this year, they have racked up a total of 57 goals which has them ranked at 3rd in the Eastern Conference and 5th in the league. Their goal differential is +5, which puts them at 8th in the league. Toronto FC have a total of 39 assists, which has them ranked at 6th in the league and 3rd in the Eastern Conference. In discussing shots on target, they have a total of 168 which has them ranked at 4th in the Eastern Conference and 10th in the league. As a group, Toronto has a total of 337 fouls which has them averaging 9.91 fouls per game. They have a total of 50 points for the season and they are averaging an attendance of 25,048.
Alejandro Pozuelo is one of the best players for TFC. The midfielder from Spain has competed in 222 games over the course of his professional soccer career and has played a total of 15,846 mins. During that period of time, the 27-year-old has racked up 36 goals and has assisted on 40 goals. He has a career average of 71.4 mins per game. Pozuelo has been a starter in 222 games in his career and has a total of 137 fouls in the process. Regarding shots on target, Pozuelo has 108 in the time he's played professional soccer which has him ranked 77th out of all players still active and 21st in the East among midfielders. Jozy Altidore is another scorer to keep an eye on for the squad from Toronto. The 29-year-old from the United States has racked up 113 goals in his professional soccer career which places him at 3rd in the East among forwards and 8th when compared to all players still active in MLS. He has totaled 19,762 mins in the time he's played professional soccer which places him at 7th among active forwards and averages 64.8 mins per appearance which has him sitting in 340th in MLS. In his pro soccer career, he has connected on 252 shots on target which is 5th in the Eastern Conference among active forwards.
The man looking after the net for TFC is Quentin Westberg from the United States. He is 32 years old and has played a total of 2,505 mins in goal this year. Westberg is conceding 1.47 goals per 90 minutes which ranks him 14th in the East and 22nd in MLS. For the 2019 season, he's given up 41 goals. His save % is .647 which ranks him 12th in the East.
New York City FC is the team looking to add points to their total and for the 2019 season they sit with 18 victories, 10 draws, and 6 defeats. In terms of goal differential, they are currently sitting 1st in the conference and 2nd in MLS with +21. They currently have a total of 63 goals for the year which ranks 1st in the conference. New York City has a team save % of .677 which has them ranked 12th in MLS, which tells us chances to score may be limited. They are averaging an attendance of 21,107 which is good for 5th in the conference.
One of the guys to remember for NYCFC is Alexander Ring. The 27 year-old has driven 17 balls past the goalkeeper over the course of his career. He is sitting at 45th among active midfielders in the Eastern Conference in assists with 13 and has produced 77 shots on target over the course of his career. He has played 16,040 mins and has an average of 76.0 minutes per game over the course of his career. Another good player on this squad is Ismael Tajouri-Shradi. The midfielder from Libya has scored 29 goals over the course of his career which has him ranking 26th in the Eastern Conference among active midfielders. He also has totaled 66 fouls.
In goal for NYCFC is Sean Johnson who is having a marginal year by giving up 1.24 goals per 90 minutes and that has him 12th in the East and 23rd among goalies in MLS. In the 2,610 mins he has been on the field this season, he's given up 36 goals. He's earned a save % of .684 which has him ranked 9th in the East and 18th among goalies in MLS.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take New York City (+102)
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