Sporting KC vs Seattle Sounders FC Prediction, 9/26/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Sporting KC vs Seattle Sounders FC
Date: Sunday, September 26, 2021
Location: Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, KS
Odds/Point Spread: Kansas City (+110) Seattle (+240)
Children's Mercy Park is the site where Fredy Montero and the Seattle Sounders FC (13-6-5, 2nd in Western Conference) will take on Sporting KC (13-7-5, 1st in Western Conference) on Sunday. The starting goaltenders are Tim Melia for Sporting KC and Stefan Frei for the Seattle Sounders FC. Sporting Kansas City is priced at +110 while the Sounders are at +240. The total has been set at 2.5.
Kansas City played Minnesota in their last match and notched a win by a score of 4-0. Sporting KC tried 16 dribbles in this outing and were able to convert 6 of the attempts for a percentage of 37.5%. When discussing the passing game, they had a 92.3% passes received percentage by converting 639 out of their 692 passing targets in their last match.
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In regard to shooting accuracy, Kansas City walked away from the pitch at a 63.6% rate by landing 7 SoT out of 11 total shots. Kansas City has an average of 1.72 goals per 90 minutes (43 goals in total) and have accounted for 26 assists in all matches for this campaign.
Daniel Salloi is a player you are going to want to keep your eye on for Sporting KC. Salloi has been a starter in 103 outings so far in his career and tallies 0.34 goals per 90 minutes. The forward representing Hungary has racked up 36 goals in 9,499 mins. He has totaled 21 assists while accumulating 12 yellow card cautions so far in his pro soccer career.
Another guy who could decide the outcome is Johnny Russell, the forward born in Scotland. He has helped on a goal 55 times in his career and he has scored 96 goals. Russell has been on the field for 27,657 mins in 312 starting assignments and has been handed 28 yellow cards. He currently averages 0.31 goals per 90 minutes for his career.
The guy who will defend the goal for Sporting KC will be Tim Melia. Melia (89-54-68 record in his career) has tallied 66 shutouts, which has him sitting with a 31.4% shutout percentage. The goalkeeper hailing from the United States has seen 892 shots tried at him in 210 career starts. His GA/90 is 1.23 (258 total goals surrendered) and his save % is 72.4. Melia has defended the goal for 18,863 minutes and has tallied 641 stops thus far in his career.
When they last stepped on the pitch, Seattle went home defeated by a final of 1-0 against Salt Lake. They wrapped up this outing by converting 356 out of their 400 passing tries for a percentage of 89.0%. The Sounders finished with a 77.8% successful dribble rate by completing 7 out of the 9 dribbles they attempted. Seattle landed 2 shots on goal out of their 9 shots tried which gave them a 22.2% clip when they last stepped onto the pitch. Having accumulated 36 goals and 20 assists in all their matches, Seattle sports an average of 1.50 goals and 0.83 assists per 90 min.
Fredy Montero should provide a lift for Seattle Sounders FC. He scores 0.45 goals per 90 minutes and has had a starting assignment in 259 matches so far in his career. The forward representing Colombia has totaled 23,550 mins while scoring 118 goals. He has 50 yellow cards in his career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 42 times. You should also watch out for Raul Ruidiaz, the forward born in Peru. He has earned 109 goals during his pro soccer career while helping on a goal 10 different times. Ruidiaz has been given a total of 17 yellow card cautions in 14,543 professional minutes played (167 starting assignments). His goals per 90 average during his pro soccer career is 0.67.
Stefan Frei will look after the goal for Seattle Sounders FC. Thus far in his career, Frei has given up 394 goals while totaling 1,010 saves in 308 starting assignments. He has conceded 1.28 goals per 90 and he has a mark of 132-72-103. He sports a save percentage of 73.2 and his clean sheet rate is 27.9%. Frei has racked up 86 shutouts while defending 1,394 shots against him in 27,696 minutes throughout his career.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Seattle (+240)
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