Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs Sporting KC Prediction, 4/2/2022 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs Sporting KC
Date: Saturday, April 2, 2022
Location: BC Place in Vancouver, BC
Odds/Point Spread: Vancouver (+168) Kansas City (+171)
Brian White and the Vancouver Whitecaps FC (0-1-3, 14th in Western Conference) host Sporting KC (2-0-3, 8th in Western Conference) at BC Place on Saturday. The expected starting goalies will be Thomas Hasal for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Tim Melia for Sporting KC. The moneyline on this game has the Vancouver Whitecaps FC coming in at +168 and Sporting Kansas City is at +171. The over/under opens at 2.75.
Vancouver played Los Angeles in their most recent match and ended up losing by a score of 3-1. When talking about passing the ball, they finished this match with a 84.2% received passes percentage by completing 320 out of their 380 passing targets in their last game. The Whitecaps tried 16 dribbles in this contest and completed 10 of the tries for a rate of 62.5%.
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In terms of shooting accuracy, Vancouver finished at a 28.6% rate by putting 2 shots on target of 7 shots. Vancouver averages 0.50 goals per 90 min (2 goals in total) and have tallied 1 assists in all matches this year.
Brian White is a guy who should impact this matchup for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC. White has started 76 outings in his career and has 0.51 goals per 90 mins. The forward from the United States has recorded 37 goals in 6,477 mins. He has totaled 13 assists while earning 5 yellow cards so far in his pro soccer career.
One more player who could decide who wins is Cristian Dajome, the forward representing Colombia. Dajome has played 13,739 minutes during 155 starting assignments and has been handed a total of 24 yellow cards. He has helped a teammate on a goal 15 times in his career while he has scored 35 total goals. He sports an average of 0.23 goals per 90 mins during his soccer career.
The guy who is expected to defend the goal for Vancouver Whitecaps FC is Thomas Hasal. Hasal (6-4-9 record during his soccer career) has totaled 3 shutouts, which gives him a 15.8% shutout percentage. The goalie hailing from Canada has faced 104 shots tried against him in 19 starting assignments. His GA/90 is 1.96 (38 total goals given up) and his save % is 65.4. Hasal has seen the pitch for 1,743 minutes and is sitting with 69 stops during his soccer career.
In their last game, Kansas City walked away with a victory by a final of 1-0 against Salt Lake. They finished this game by connecting on 416 of the 492 passes they tried earning a percentage of 84.6%. Sporting KC had a 55.0% successful dribble percentage by converting 11 out of the 20 dribbles they tried. Kansas City had 4 shots on goal out of 11 shots tried which gave them a 36.4% clip when they last took the field. With a total of 4 goals and 1 assists in all their matches, Kansas City averages 0.80 goals and 0.20 assists per 90.
Daniel Salloi will need to provide a lift for Sporting KC. He currently averages 0.35 G/90 and has been given a starting assignment in 112 games during his career. The forward born in Hungary has been on the pitch for 10,333 minutes while scoring 40 goals. He has accumulated 12 yellow cards during his soccer career and has assisted on a goal 23 times. Be sure to keep an eye out for Johnny Russell, the forward born in Scotland. Russell has been given 28 yellow cards in 28,708 mins (324 career starting assignments). His goals per 90 min average so far in his career is 0.33. He has accounted for 106 goals so far in his career while assisting a teammate on a goal 56 different times.
Tim Melia is expected to look after the net for Sporting KC. So far in his career, Melia has allowed 280 goals while totaling 668 saves in 223 starting assignments. He has surrendered 1.26 goals per 90 mins while he holds a record of 94-54-76. He holds a save % of 71.7 and his clean sheet rate sits at 30.5%. Melia has totaled 68 clean sheets while seeing 939 shots against him in 20,033 mins in his career.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Kansas City (+171)
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