San Jose Earthquakes vs Sporting KC Prediction, 5/22/2022 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: San Jose Earthquakes vs Sporting KC
Date: Sunday, May 22, 2022
Location: PayPal Park in San Jose, CA
Odds/Point Spread: San Jose (+119) Kansas City (+185)
Johnny Russell and Sporting KC (2-3-7, 13th in Western Conference) are headed to PayPal Park on Sunday where they'll meet the San Jose Earthquakes (2-4-5, 12th in Western Conference). The starting goaltenders will be JT Marcinkowski for the San Jose Earthquakes and Tim Melia for Sporting KC. Sporting Kansas City is priced at +185 while the Earthquakes are at +119. The total has been set at 2.5.
San Jose took the field against Colorado in their last match and notched a win by a score of 1-0. When talking about passing the ball, they ended up with a 89.3% received passes rate by connecting on 434 of the 486 pass attempts in their last game. The Earthquakes tried 30 dribbles in this match and converted 13 of the dribbles for a percentage of 43.3%.
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In regard to shooting accuracy, San Jose ended this match at a 30.8% clip by hitting 4 shots on target out of 13 total shots. San Jose is averaging 1.60 goals per 90 min (16 goals in total) and are sitting with 10 assists In all contests this season.
Jeremy Ebobisse is a guy who should be able to impact this match for the San Jose Earthquakes. Ebobisse has been a starter in 91 matchups during his pro soccer career and scores 0.40 goals per 90 minutes. The forward born in the United States has 38 goals scored in 8,470 mins. He has totaled 10 assists while accumulating 5 yellow card warnings during his soccer career.
Another guy who could decide the outcome is Cristian Espinoza, the forward born in Argentina. Espinoza has 11,191 minutes during 133 career starting assignments and has earned himself 26 yellow cards. He has helped a teammate on a goal 36 times so far in his career and he has scored 18 total goals. He averages 0.14 G/90 so far in his career.
The man defending the goal for San Jose Earthquakes will be JT Marcinkowski. Marcinkowski has seen the pitch for 9,000 minutes and has 343 saves thus far in his career. His goals against per 90 mins is 1.57 (157 goals conceded) and he has a save percentage of 69.5. The goalie hailing from the United States has faced 486 shots attempted at him in 100 career starting assignments. Marcinkowski (37-27-36 mark during his soccer career) has accumulated 20 shutouts, which leaves him with a 20.0% shutout percentage.
When they last took the field, Kansas City earned the draw by finishing with a tally of 0-0 against New York City. They finished the match by connecting on 190 of the 285 passes they tried earning a percentage of 66.7%. Sporting KC finished with a 43.8% successful dribble percentage by completing 7 of the 16 dribbles they attempted. Kansas City landed 3 shots on goal out of their 5 shots tried giving them a 60.0% clip in their last match. Having earned a total of 7 goals and 3 assists in all their matches, Kansas City averages 0.64 goals and 0.27 assists per 90 min.
Johnny Russell should provide a lift for Sporting KC. The forward born in Scotland has played 29,234 professional minutes while he has scored 107 goals. He has tallied 30 yellow cards in his career and has assisted on a goal 56 times. He currently averages 0.33 goals per 90 and has been in the starting lineup in 330 contests in his pro soccer career. You should also keep an eye on Daniel Salloi, the forward representing Hungary. He has accumulated 41 goals in his career while helping a teammate on a goal 23 different times. Salloi has been given 12 yellow card warnings in 10,864 mins (118 starts). His G/90 average thus far in his career is 0.34.
Tim Melia is expected to look after the net for Sporting KC. In his career, Melia has given up 288 goals and has totaled 679 stops in 229 starting assignments. He has conceded 1.26 goals per 90 mins while he holds a record of 94-57-79. He holds a save % of 71.4 and his shutout rate is 30.6%. Melia has racked up 70 shutouts while defending 958 shots against him in 20,573 career mins.
Who will win tonight's soccer game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Kansas City (+185)
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