Sporting KC vs Colorado Rapids Predictions, MLS Picks, Betting Tips 7/17/2020
Game: Sporting KC vs Colorado Rapids
Date: Friday, July 17, 2020
Location: ESPN Sports Complex in Orlando, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Kansas City (+125) Colorado (+260)
Diego Rubio and the Colorado Rapids play Sporting KC at ESPN Sports Complex on Sporting KC vs Colorado Rapids. The goaltenders protecting the net will be Tim Melia for Sporting KC and Clint Irwin for the Colorado Rapids. The moneyline on this game has Sporting KC coming in at +125 and the Rapids are at +260. The O/U has been set at 2.5.
Roger Espinoza is one of the best players to watch for Sporting KC. The midfielder from Honduras has appeared in 280 contests over the course of his career and has totaled 20,990 mins. During that time, the 32-year-old has scored 10 goals and has assisted on 28 goals. He has a career average of 75.0 minutes per game. Espinoza has been a starter in 280 contests in the time he has played pro soccer and has committed 420 fouls in the process. Concerning shots on target, Espinoza has connected on 75 over the course of his professional soccer career which has him ranking 123rd out of active players and 27th in the West among midfielders. Johnny Russell is another scorer to keep an eye on for the team from Kansas City. The 28-year-old from Scotland has connected on 84 goals over the course of his career which ranks him 2nd in the West among midfielders and 15th out of active players in professional soccer. He has played a total of 24,626 mins in the time he's played pro soccer which has him sitting in 6th among active midfielders and is averaging 67.3 minutes per game which has him ranking 306th in the league. Over the course of his professional soccer career, he has connected on 223 shots on target which ranks him 4th in the West among active midfielders.
The man who is expected to defend the goal for Kansas City is Tim Melia. Melia has been on the pitch for 15,533 minutes and has 543 saves during his career. His GA/90 is 1.27 (219 total goals conceded) and he has a save % of .721. The keeper from the United States has faced 753 shots attempted against him in 173 starts. Melia (69-45-60 record in his career) has recorded 53 shutouts, which leaves him with a 30.6% shutout rate.
One of the guys to keep an eye on for the Rapids is Diego Rubio. The 25 year-old has delivered 38 balls into the back of the net in the time he's played professional soccer. He is ranked 24th among active forwards in the Western Conference in assists with 16 and has earned 87 shots on target in the time he's played professional soccer. He has totaled 7,396 minutes and is averaging 53.6 minutes per appearance in the time he's played professional soccer. Another one of the great players on this squad is Jack Price. The midfielder from England has connected on 4 goals over the course of his professional soccer career which has him ranking 70th in the Western Conference among active midfielders. He also has committed 132 fouls.
Clint Irwin will look after the goal for the Rapids. Irwin has totaled 32 shutouts while defending 615 shots attempted against him in 12,673 career mins. He sports a save % of .650 and his shutout rate is 23.0%. He has surrendered 1.57 goals per 90 and he has earned a mark of 44-35-59. So far in his pro soccer career, Irwin has allowed 221 goals while totaling 400 saves in 139 starts.
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Colorado (+260)
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