D.C. United vs Houston Dynamo Prediction, 5/7/2022 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: D.C. United vs Houston Dynamo
Date: Saturday, May 7, 2022
Location: Audi Field in Washington, D.C.
Odds/Point Spread: D.C. (+128) Houston (+165)
Memo Rodriguez and the Houston Dynamo (3-3-3, 7th in Western Conference) head to Audi Field on Saturday where they'll take on D.C. United (3-0-5, 14th in Eastern Conference). The goalkeepers protecting the net are Jon Kempin for D.C. United and Steve Clark for the Houston Dynamo. The Black-and-Red are priced at +128 while the Dynamo are at +165. The total is set at 2.5.
D.C. faced Columbus in their most recent match and took a loss by a score of 3-0. In regard to passing, they earned a 90.1% passes received rate by converting 462 out of their 513 targeted passes in their last game. The Black-and-Red attempted 12 dribbles in this matchup and were successful in 5 of the tries for a percentage of 41.7%.
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Regarding shot accuracy, D.C. finished the game at a 18.2% rate by putting 2 shots on target of 11 total shots. D.C. has an average of 1.25 goals per 90 min (10 total goals) and are sitting with 4 assists in all competitions for the season.
Julian Gressel is a guy who should be able to impact this game for D.C. United. Gressel has been a starter in 146 matches thus far in his career and scores 0.13 goals per 90 minutes. The defender hailing from Germany has 19 goals scored in 12,697 mins played. He has totaled 45 assists while accumulating 18 yellow card cautions in his career.
Another player who could decide the outcome is Michael Estrada, the forward representing Ecuador. He has helped a teammate on a goal 9 times thus far in his career and he has scored 67 goals. Estrada has been on the field for 10,598 mins in 118 career starting assignments and has been given 26 yellow cards. He is averaging 0.57 goals per 90 for his pro soccer career.
The man who will protect the net for D.C. United is Jon Kempin. Kempin (31-17-39 record during his soccer career) has earned 18 clean sheets, which has him sitting with a 20.2% clean sheet percentage. The keeper born in the United States has had 381 shots attempted at him in 89 career starting assignments. His GA/90 is 1.49 (132 total goals conceded) and he has earned a save % of 66.9. Kempin has been on the field for a total of 7,947 mins and has 254 saves during his career.
In their last outing, Houston took a loss by a score of 2-1 against Austin. The Dynamo finished with a 70.6% successful dribble rate by connecting on 12 of the 17 dribbles they pursued. They finished this game by completing 290 of the 319 passes they tried for a rate of 90.9%. Houston connected on 5 shots on target out of their 8 shots attempted earning them a 62.5% clip in their last game. Having earned a total of 12 goals and 8 assists in all their contests, Houston is averaging 1.33 goals and 0.89 assists per 90 minutes.
Memo Rodriguez will be counted on for Houston Dynamo. The midfielder from the United States has been on the pitch for 8,818 mins and has scored 28 goals. He has tallied 17 yellow cards in his career and has helped a teammate on a goal 15 times. He scores 0.29 goals per 90 minutes and has been in the starting lineup in 97 matches so far in his career. Be sure to keep an eye out for Fafa Picault, the forward representing the United States. He has 53 goals in his pro soccer career while assisting on a goal 23 times. Picault has been given a total of 34 yellow cards in 13,528 minutes played (152 starting assignments). His goals per 90 min average so far in his career is 0.35.
Steve Clark will look after the goal for Houston Dynamo. In his career, Clark has surrendered 381 goals and has accounted for 929 stops in 266 starting assignments. He has allowed 1.44 goals per 90 and he has earned a mark of 97-74-94. He sports a save percentage of 72.2 and his clean sheet rate is currently 23.7%. Clark has earned 63 shutouts while seeing 1,305 shots attempted against him in 23,867 career mins.
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Houston (+165)
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