LA Galaxy vs Sporting KC Prediction, 7/4/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: LA Galaxy vs Sporting KC
Date: Sunday, July 4, 2021
Location: Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, CA
Odds/Point Spread: LA (+110) Kansas City (+210)
Chicharito and the LA Galaxy (7-0-3, 3rd in Western Conference) host Sporting KC (7-2-3, 2nd in Western Conference) at Dignity Health Sports Park on Sunday. The men protecting the net are Jonathan Bond for the LA Galaxy and Tim Melia for Sporting KC. The moneyline on this contest has the LA Galaxy coming in at +110 and Sporting Kansas City is at +210. The over/under has been set at 2.5.
LA played San Jose in their most recent game and went home with a win by a final score of 3-1. In regard to passing, they finished with a 92.7% passes received rate by completing 317 out of their 342 passing targets in their last match. The Galaxy attempted 11 dribbles in this game and were able to convert 8 of those attempts for a rate of 72.7%. Regarding shot accuracy, LA walked away from the pitch at a 23.1% clip by hitting 3 shots on target of 13 shots. LA is averaging 1.50 goals per 90 (15 total goals) and have accounted for 10 assists in all competitions this season.
Chicharito is a player who should impact this matchup for the LA Galaxy. Chicharito has had a starting assignment in 187 matches during his pro soccer career and tallies 0.63 goals per 90 mins. The forward who is from Mexico has earned 127 goals scored in 18,168 mins. He has totaled 21 assists while tallying 34 yellow card warnings in his pro soccer career. One more guy who should impact this match is Sacha Kljestan, the midfielder representing the United States. Kljestan has earned 32,669 minutes in 367 career starts and has been given a total of 65 yellow card warnings. He has helped a teammate on a goal 77 times so far in his career while he has scored 58 total goals. He sports an average of 0.16 goals per 90 during his career.
The man who will defend the goal for LA Galaxy will be Jonathan Bond. Bond (40-24-36 mark during his soccer career) has totaled 22 clean sheets, which gives him a 21.8% shutout rate. The goalie hailing from England has faced 474 shots sent his way in 101 starts. His goals against per 90 minutes is 1.42 (143 goals allowed) and his save percentage is 71.1. Bond has been on the pitch for a total of 9,089 mins and has earned 333 stops so far in his pro soccer career.
When they last played, Kansas City got the victory with a final of 2-1 against Los Angeles. They finished the contest by converting 485 out of their 533 passing attempts for a percentage of 91.0%. Sporting KC had a 44.4% successful dribble rate by converting 8 out of the 18 dribbles they tried. Kansas City converted 3 shots on target out of the team's 15 shots attempted which had them sitting at a 20.0% clip in their last outing. Having earned a total of 22 goals and 13 assists in all competitions, Kansas City averages 1.83 goals and 1.08 assists per 90 min.
Alan Pulido will be someone to watch for Sporting KC. The forward born in Mexico has totaled 14,162 professional minutes and he has scored 70 goals. He has earned 17 yellow card cautions in his career and has assisted on a goal 23 times. He scores 0.44 goals per 90 mins and has been in the starting lineup in 146 games during his career. You should also keep an eye on Daniel Salloi, the forward who is from Hungary. Salloi has been given 8 yellow card cautions in 8,580 minutes played (93 career starting assignments). His goals per 90 minute average in his career is 0.31. He has earned 30 goals during his soccer career while assisting a teammate on a goal 19 times.
Tim Melia will be residing in front of the net for Sporting KC. Melia has accumulated 60 clean sheets and has defended 848 shots tried against him in 17,693 minutes throughout his career. He has earned a save percentage of 72.2 and his shutout rate is currently 30.5%. He has given up 1.26 goals per 90 while earning a mark of 83-49-66. In his career, Melia has allowed 247 goals and has accounted for 608 saves in 197 starts.
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Kansas City (+210)
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