New York Red Bulls vs Sporting KC Prediction, 4/17/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New York Red Bulls vs Sporting KC
Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021
Location: Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ
Odds/Point Spread: New York (-133) Kansas City (+333)
Brian White and the New York Red Bulls (9-5-9 last year, 6th in the Eastern Conference) host Sporting KC (12-3-6 last season, 1st in the Western Conference) at Red Bull Arena on Saturday. The goalies protecting the net are Carlos Miguel Coronel for the New York Red Bulls and Tim Melia for Sporting KC. Sporting Kansas City is priced at +333 while the Red Bulls are at -133. The O/U has been set at 2.5.
New York took the field against Columbus in their last match and ended up losing by a score of 3-2. The Red Bulls tried 10 dribbles in this match and converted 7 of the tries for a rate of 70.0%. In regard to passing, they earned a 82.2% received passes rate by completing 346 of the 421 pass targets last match. In regard to shooting accuracy, New York finished at a 28.6% rate by landing 4 shots on target of 14 total shots. New York sported an average of 1.26 g/90 (29 goals in total) and accounted for 21 assists In all contests last season.
Brian White is a guy who can be a difference maker for the New York Red Bulls. He has accounted for 7 assists while earning 3 yellow card cautions so far in his pro soccer career. White has started 50 matches so far in his pro soccer career while he scores 0.52 G/90. The forward born in the United States has 25 goals scored in 4,341 minutes. Another player who should impact this match is Florian Valot, the midfielder representing France. Valot has been on the pitch for 6,099 minutes during 70 starting assignments and has been handed a total of 6 yellow cards. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 20 times during his pro soccer career while he has scored 16 goals. He averages 0.24 goals per 90 minutes so far in his pro soccer career.
The guy protecting the net for New York Red Bulls is Carlos Miguel Coronel. Coronel (10-2-5 record during his soccer career) has recorded 5 clean sheets, which gives him a 29.4% shutout percentage. The keeper hailing from Brazil has had 78 shots attempted at him in 17 career starts. His goals against per 90 minutes is 1.42 (25 goals allowed) and he holds a save percentage of 69.2. Coronel has defended the goal for a total of 1,579 mins and has tallied 56 stops so far in his career.
The last time they took the pitch, Kansas City took a defeat with a final score of 3-0 against Minnesota. They wrapped up this contest by connecting on 361 of the 446 passes they tried earning a rate of 80.9%. Sporting KC finished with a 60.0% successful dribble rate by completing 12 of the 20 dribbles they pursued. Kansas City converted 4 shots on goal out of the team's 18 shots attempted which had them at a 22.2% rate in their last outing. With 37 goals and 24 assists in all their contests, Kansas City averaged 1.76 goals and 1.14 assists per 90 minutes.
Johnny Russell will need to provide a lift for Sporting KC. He currently averages 0.31 goals per 90 mins and has been a starter in 294 matches during his soccer career. The forward hailing from Scotland has accumulated 26,141 professional minutes and has earned 90 goals. He has accounted for 27 yellow card warnings in his pro soccer career and has assisted on a goal 49 times. Make sure to keep an eye out for Khiry Shelton, the forward representing the United States. Shelton has been handed a total of 6 yellow card cautions in 5,525 mins played (57 starting assignments). His goals per 90 average during his soccer career is 0.21. He has totaled 13 goals during his pro soccer career while assisting a teammate on a goal 12 times.
Tim Melia will look after the goal for Sporting KC. Melia has recorded 59 shutouts and has seen 825 shots against him in 17,063 mins throughout his career. He has earned a save percentage of 72.4 and his shutout rate sits at 31.1%. He has conceded 1.26 goals per 90 mins and he has earned a mark of 78-48-65. During his pro soccer career, Melia has surrendered 239 goals and has earned 593 saves in 190 starts.
Who will win tonight's soccer game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take New York (-133)
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