Sporting KC vs San Jose Earthquakes Prediction, 7/21/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Sporting KC vs San Jose Earthquakes
Date: Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Location: Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, KS
Odds/Point Spread: Kansas City (-227) San Jose (+450)
Children's Mercy Park is the site where Cristian Espinoza and the San Jose Earthquakes (3-3-7, 11th in Western Conference) will play Sporting KC (8-2-3, 2nd in Western Conference) on Wednesday. The starting goaltenders will be Tim Melia for Sporting KC and JT Marcinkowski for the San Jose Earthquakes. The Earthquakes are priced at +450 while Sporting Kansas City is at -227. The O/U opens at 3.
Kansas City took the field against LA in their most recent match and earned the victory with a final of 2-0. Sporting KC attempted 12 dribbles in this game and were successful in 7 of the tries for a percentage of 58.3%. In the passing game, they earned a 87.3% received passes percentage by completing 434 of the 497 passing attempts last game.
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In regard to shooting accuracy, Kansas City walked away from the pitch at a 50.0% rate by hitting 6 shots on target of 12 shots. Kansas City is averaging 1.85 goals per 90 min (24 goals in total) and have accounted for 14 assists in all games this season.
Daniel Salloi is a guy who can be a difference maker for Sporting KC. He has totaled 19 assists while earning 9 yellow cards in his career. Salloi has been in the starting lineup in 94 matches during his pro soccer career and he tallies 0.31 goals per 90 minutes. The forward born in Hungary has totaled 30 goals in 8,670 mins. Someone else who should impact this game is Khiry Shelton, the forward who is from the United States. Shelton has accumulated 6,440 mins during 67 starts and has been handed 6 yellow cards. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 14 times during his soccer career while scoring 14 goals. He currently averages 0.20 goals per 90 mins during his pro soccer career.
The man who will defend the goal for Sporting KC will be Tim Melia. Melia (84-49-66 record in his career) has earned 61 clean sheets, which gives him a 30.8% shutout rate. The goalie born in the United States has faced 855 shots attempted against him in 198 starting assignments. His goals allowed per 90 mins is 1.25 (247 goals allowed) and he has earned a save percentage of 72.4. Melia has seen the field for a total of 17,783 minutes and has earned 615 stops in his pro soccer career.
The last time they took the field, San Jose earned the draw by finishing with a tally of 1-1 against Colorado. The Earthquakes had a 66.7% successful dribble percentage by converting 8 out of the 12 dribbles they tried. They wrapped up this contest by completing 362 out of their 401 attempted passes earning a rate of 90.3%. San Jose converted 2 shots on target out of 8 shots attempted which had them at a 25.0% clip in their last match. With 15 goals and 12 assists in all their matches, San Jose sports an average of 1.15 goals and 0.92 assists per 90 min.
Cristian Espinoza will need to provide a lift for San Jose Earthquakes. He currently averages 0.12 goals per 90 minutes and has been a starter in 108 games in his career. The forward representing Argentina has accumulated 9,195 minutes while scoring 12 goals. He has totaled 21 yellow card cautions so far in his pro soccer career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 30 times. You should also keep an eye on Chris Wondolowski, the forward representing the United States. Wondolowski has been given 36 yellow card warnings in 29,010 mins (318 starting assignments). His goals per 90 average so far in his career is 0.52. He has scored 168 goals so far in his career while assisting on a goal 37 different times.
JT Marcinkowski is expected to look after the goal for San Jose Earthquakes. So far in his pro soccer career, Marcinkowski has conceded 104 goals and has racked up 221 saves in 70 starting assignments. He has conceded 1.49 goals per 90 while earning a record of 28-17-25. He sports a save % of 68.5 and his clean sheet rate is 21.4%. Marcinkowski has earned 15 shutouts while seeing 317 shots attempted against him in 6,300 career mins.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take San Jose (+450)
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