Minnesota United FC vs Seattle Sounders FC Prediction, 7/18/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota United FC vs Seattle Sounders FC
Date: Sunday, July 18, 2021
Location: Allianz Field in Saint Paul, MN
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota (+131) Seattle (+215)
Allianz Field is the venue where Fredy Montero and the Seattle Sounders FC (8-5-0, 1st in Western Conference) will take on Minnesota United (4-3-5, 7th in Western Conference) on Sunday. The goaltenders protecting the net will be Tyler Miller for Minnesota United and Stefan Cleveland for the Seattle Sounders FC. The odds on this matchup have Minnesota United coming in at +131 and the Sounders are at +215. The total has been set at 2.75.
Minnesota took the field against Colorado in their last match and took a loss by a score of 2-0. The Loons attempted 16 dribbles in this contest and successfully completed 8 of the tries for a percentage of 50.0%. In sharing the ball, they earned a 88.8% passes received rate by completing 485 out of their 546 passing targets last game. In relation to shooting accuracy, Minnesota walked away from the pitch at a 28.6% clip by putting 2 SoT of 7 total shots. Minnesota has an average of 1.00 goal per 90 (12 goals in total) and have accounted for 7 assists in all competitions for this campaign.
Ethan Finlay is a guy who can be a difference maker for Minnesota United. He has totaled 32 assists while tallying 12 yellow cards during his career. Finlay has been in the starting lineup in 158 games in his career and he has earned 0.29 goals per 90 mins. The forward born in the United States has totaled 46 goals scored in 14,042 minutes played. Another guy who could decide the outcome is Robin Lod, the midfielder born in Finland. Lod has been on the pitch for 14,571 minutes in 165 career starting assignments and has earned himself a total of 15 yellow card cautions. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 26 times so far in his career while he has scored 38 goals. He currently averages 0.23 goals per 90 during his soccer career.
The man who will defend the goal for Minnesota United FC will be Tyler Miller. Miller (56-30-25 mark in his career) has recorded 30 shutouts, which gives him a 27.0% clean sheet rate. The goalkeeper born in the United States has faced 484 shots attempted against him in 111 career starts. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.34 (148 goals allowed) and he has a save percentage of 72.1. Miller has defended the goal for 9,959 minutes and has earned 345 stops thus far in his career.
The last time they took the pitch, Seattle got the victory with a final of 2-0 against Houston. The Sounders finished with a 50.0% successful dribble percentage by converting 4 of the 8 dribbles they tried. They wrapped up this outing by converting 380 out of their 435 attempted passes earning a rate of 87.4%. Seattle had 7 shots on target out of the team's 19 shots tried which had them sitting at a 36.8% rate in their last game. Having a total of 23 goals and 14 assists in all competitions, Seattle sports an average of 1.77 goals and 1.08 assists per 90.
Fredy Montero will need to provide a lift for Seattle Sounders FC. He is averaging 0.44 goals per 90 minutes and has started 254 games thus far in his career. The forward born in Colombia has earned 23,066 professional minutes while scoring 114 goals. He has tallied 50 yellow card cautions so far in his pro soccer career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 42 times. You should also keep an eye on Raul Ruidiaz, the forward hailing from Peru. Ruidiaz has been handed 15 yellow card warnings in 13,759 minutes (159 career starting assignments). His goals per 90 minute average so far in his career is 0.69. He has tallied 105 goals in his career while helping a teammate on a goal 10 times.
Stefan Cleveland will reside in front of the net for Seattle Sounders FC. During his pro soccer career, Cleveland has conceded 17 goals and has racked up 52 stops in 17 starting assignments. He has surrendered 1.00 goals per 90 mins while holding a record of 7-7-3. He is the owner of a save % of 81.5 and his shutout rate sits at 17.6%. Cleveland has earned 3 clean sheets and has defended 65 shots attempted against him in 1,530 career mins.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Seattle (+215)
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