Sporting KC vs Vancouver Whitecaps FC Prediction, 5/28/2022 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Sporting KC vs Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Date: Saturday, May 28, 2022
Location: Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, KS
Odds/Point Spread: Kansas City (-156) Vancouver (+330)
Johnny Russell and Sporting KC (3-4-7, 13th in Western Conference) host the Vancouver Whitecaps FC (3-2-7, 14th in Western Conference) at Children's Mercy Park on Saturday. The goalkeepers protecting the net are Tim Melia for Sporting KC and Thomas Hasal for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Sporting Kansas City is priced at -156 while the Whitecaps are at +330. The O/U is set at 2.5.
Kansas City took the field against San Jose in their last match and wrapped it up with a draw by a score of 1-1. In regard to passing, they earned a 90.9% rate by connecting on 250 out of their 275 passing targets in their last game. Sporting KC attempted 24 dribbles in this contest and completed 13 of the attempts for a rate of 54.2%.
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In terms of shooting accuracy, Kansas City finished the game at a 60.0% clip by putting 3 shots on target out of 5 total shots. Kansas City sports an average of 0.86 goals per 90 minutes (12 goals in total) and are sitting with 7 assists in all matches this season.
Johnny Russell is a player who should be able to impact this match for Sporting KC. Russell has been given a starting assignment in 333 outings during his career and he tallies 0.33 G/90. The forward born in Scotland has accumulated 109 goals in 29,497 minutes played. He has totaled 56 assists while earning 30 yellow card warnings during his career.
Another player who should impact this match is Roger Espinoza, the defender hailing from Honduras. He has helped a teammate on a goal 30 times in his career and he has scored 13 goals. Espinoza has totaled 25,044 mins in 285 starts and has earned himself 72 yellow cards. He has an average of 0.05 goals per 90 minutes thus far in his career.
The man defending the goal for Sporting KC is Tim Melia. Melia (95-58-80 record in his career) has tallied 70 shutouts, which leaves him with a 30.2% shutout percentage. The goalkeeper from the United States has seen 975 shots tried at him in 232 starting assignments. His GA/90 is 1.28 (297 total goals given up) and he has a save percentage of 71.0. Melia has defended the goal for a total of 20,843 mins and has accumulated 687 stops during his pro soccer career.
For their last outing, Vancouver took a loss by a score of 2-1 against Charlotte. The Whitecaps earned a 53.8% successful dribble rate by completing 7 of the 13 dribbles they pursued. They wrapped up this match by completing 213 of the 273 attempted passes for a percentage of 78.0%. Vancouver had 5 shots on target out of their 11 shots attempted earning them a 45.5% rate in their last match. With a total of 13 goals and 6 assists in all their matches, Vancouver sports an average of 1.08 goals and 0.50 assists per 90 min.
Cristian Dajome will need to provide a spark for Vancouver Whitecaps FC. The forward born in Colombia has been on the pitch for 14,295 professional minutes and has earned 36 goals. He has totaled 25 yellow cards so far in his career and has helped on a goal 16 times. He is averaging 0.23 goals per 90 mins and has been in the starting lineup in 161 outings so far in his pro soccer career. Be sure to watch out for Brian White, the forward born in the United States. White has been given a total of 6 yellow card cautions in 6,972 professional minutes (82 starts). His goals per 90 min average in his career is 0.50. He has scored 39 goals in his career while helping on a goal 13 different times.
Thomas Hasal will be residing in front of the net for Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Thus far in his career, Hasal has surrendered 46 goals and has 80 saves in 24 starts. He has conceded 1.91 goals per 90 minutes and he has earned a record of 8-4-12. He is the owner of a save % of 64.8 and his clean sheet rate is currently 20.8%. Hasal has totaled 5 clean sheets and has defended 122 shots tried against him in 2,172 mins throughout his career.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Kansas City (-156)
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