Seattle Sounders FC vs LA Galaxy Prediction, 5/2/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Seattle Sounders FC vs LA Galaxy
Date: Sunday, May 2, 2021
Location: Lumen Field in Seattle, WA
Odds/Point Spread: Seattle (-200) LA (+475)
Lumen Field is the site where Sacha Kljestan and the LA Galaxy (2-0-0, 1st in Western Conference) will play the Seattle Sounders FC (1-1-0, 2nd in Western Conference) on Sunday. The starting goalkeepers will be Stefan Frei for the Seattle Sounders FC and Jonathan Bond for the LA Galaxy. The Galaxy are priced at +475 while the Sounders are at -200. The O/U opens at 2.5.
Seattle faced Los Angeles in their last game and earned a one point draw by a score of 1-1. The Sounders tried 31 dribbles in this outing and completed 14 of those dribbles for a percentage of 45.2%. In sharing the ball, they ended with a 80.5% received passes percentage by converting 368 out of their 457 pass attempts last match. In relation to shooting accuracy, Seattle walked away from the pitch at a 33.3% rate by landing 3 SoT out of 9 total shots. Seattle sports an average of 2.50 goals per 90 (5 goals in total) and have tallied 3 assists in all matches for the season.
Raul Ruidiaz is a guy who should impact this matchup for the Seattle Sounders FC. He has accounted for 10 assists while earning 13 yellow cards so far in his career. Ruidiaz has been in the starting lineup in 148 outings during his soccer career and scores 0.68 G/90. The forward representing Peru has 97 goals scored in 12,770 mins played. Another player who should impact this match is Nicolas Lodeiro, the midfielder representing Uruguay. He has assisted on a goal 51 times so far in his career while he has scored 41 goals. Lodeiro has earned 14,221 minutes in 155 career starts and has been given 27 yellow card warnings. He sports an average of 0.26 goals per 90 mins during his career.
The man who will protect the net for Seattle Sounders FC will be Stefan Frei. Frei has played for 27,246 mins and has 993 stops in his career. His goals against per 90 mins is 1.29 (392 goals allowed) and he is the owner of a save % of 72.9. The goalie born in Switzerland has had 1,375 shots attempted against him in 303 starting assignments. Frei (128-72-102 record in his career) has tallied 83 clean sheets, which leaves him with a 27.4% shutout rate.
In their last outing, LA went home victorious with a score of 3-2 against New York. The Galaxy had a 53.8% successful dribble percentage by converting 7 of the 13 dribbles they tried. They wrapped up this match by connecting on 341 of the 421 passes they attempted earning a rate of 81.0%. LA landed 5 shots on goal out of their 7 shots attempted which gave them a 71.4% clip in their last game. Having a total of 6 goals and 3 assists for all their matches, LA has an average of 3.00 goals and 1.50 assists per 90.
Sacha Kljestan should be someone to watch for LA Galaxy. The midfielder from the United States has 32,234 professional minutes while earning 57 goals. He has earned 64 yellow card cautions during his pro soccer career and has helped a teammate on a goal 77 times. He scores 0.16 goals per 90 minutes and has been a starter in 364 games so far in his career. Be sure to keep an eye out for Chicharito, the forward representing Mexico. He has collected 122 goals so far in his career while assisting a teammate on a goal 20 times. Chicharito has been handed a total of 33 yellow card cautions in 17,472 minutes (179 career starting assignments). His goals per 90 average in his pro soccer career is 0.63.
Jonathan Bond will look after the net for LA Galaxy. Bond has totaled 20 shutouts while seeing 425 shots attempted against him in 8,369 mins in his career. He holds a save % of 70.1 and his clean sheet rate is currently 21.5%. He has surrendered 1.42 goals per 90 minutes while earning a record of 35-24-33. So far in his pro soccer career, Bond has allowed 132 goals while totaling 294 stops in 93 starts.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take LA (+475)
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