Seattle Sounders FC vs Real Salt Lake Prediction, 6/23/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Seattle Sounders FC vs Real Salt Lake
Date: Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Location: Lumen Field in Seattle, WA
Odds/Point Spread: Seattle (-213) Salt Lake (+520)
Damir Kreilach and Real Salt Lake (3-3-1, 6th in Western Conference) head to Lumen Field on Wednesday where they'll take on the Seattle Sounders FC (6-3-0, 1st in Western Conference). The goalkeepers who are expected to start will be Stefan Cleveland for the Seattle Sounders FC and David Ochoa for Real Salt Lake. The moneyline on this contest has the Seattle Sounders FC coming in at -213 and RSL is at +520. The O/U is set at 2.5.
Seattle faced off with LA in their last matchup and took home the win by a score of 2-1. The Sounders tried 13 dribbles in this match and successfully completed 7 of those tries for a rate of 53.8%. In the passing game, they ended with a 85.2% received passes rate by connecting on 316 out of their 371 pass targets in their last match. In terms of shooting accuracy, Seattle walked away from the pitch at a 58.3% clip by landing 7 shots on target of 12 total shots. Seattle is averaging 1.78 goals per 90 (16 total goals) and are sitting with 10 assists in all matches for the season.
Fredy Montero is a player who should be able to impact this match for the Seattle Sounders FC. Montero has had a starting assignment in 253 contests so far in his pro soccer career and he has earned 0.45 goals per 90 mins. The forward from Colombia has 114 goals scored in 22,940 minutes played. He has 41 assists while tallying 50 yellow card cautions in his pro soccer career. Another guy who should impact this match is Raul Ruidiaz, the forward representing Peru. He has assisted on a goal 10 times during his career and he has scored 102 total goals. Ruidiaz has been on the pitch for 13,400 mins in 155 starts and has been given 14 yellow cards. He scores 0.69 goals per 90 minutes during his pro soccer career.
The man who will protect the net for Seattle Sounders FC will be Stefan Cleveland. Cleveland has played for 1,170 minutes and has 45 stops during his career. His goals against per 90 minutes is 1.00 (13 goals given up) and he has a save % of 83.6. The goalkeeper born in the United States has faced 55 shots tried at him in 13 starting assignments. Cleveland (5-5-3 mark in his career) has accumulated 2 shutouts, which has earned him a 15.4% clean sheet percentage.
When they last took the field, Salt Lake took home the win by a final score of 3-1 against Vancouver. RSL finished with a 48.0% successful dribble percentage by converting 12 of the 25 dribbles they pursued. They wrapped up this outing by completing 394 out of their 437 pass attempts earning a rate of 90.2%. Salt Lake had 6 shots on target out of 10 shots attempted giving them a 60.0% rate in their last game. Having earned a total of 12 goals and 12 assists in all their games, Salt Lake has an average of 1.71 goals and 1.71 assists per 90 min.
Damir Kreilach will need to provide a lift for Real Salt Lake. The forward from Croatia has been on the pitch for 29,380 minutes while scoring 83 goals. He has accumulated 62 yellow card cautions in his career and has helped on a goal 29 times. He currently averages 0.25 goals per 90 and has been in the starting lineup in 332 matches so far in his pro soccer career. You should also watch out for Albert Rusnak, the forward representing Czech Republic. Rusnak has been given a total of 15 yellow card warnings in 15,604 mins played (181 starts). His G/90 average so far in his career is 0.24. He has scored 42 goals so far in his pro soccer career while assisting on a goal 31 different times.
David Ochoa will look after the net for Real Salt Lake. Ochoa has accumulated 5 shutouts while defending 126 shots tried against him in 2,610 career mins. He holds a save % of 69.0 and his clean sheet rate is 17.2%. He has given up 1.38 goals per 90 while earning a mark of 12-6-11. So far in his career, Ochoa has conceded 40 goals while totaling 88 saves in 29 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Seattle (-213)
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