New York City FC vs Sporting Kansas City 5-5-22

New York City FC vs Sporting Kansas City 5/5/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

New York City FC vs Sporting Kansas City 5/5/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

 

The New York City FC (4-1-3) will be cross-passing the ball through defenders of the Sporting Kansas City (2-2-6) in the MLS Inter-Conference duel at Citi Field Stadium in New York on Saturday at 7:00 PM ET.

 

New York earned wins in a row after beating Real Salt Lake (6-0), Toronto (5-4), and San Jose (3-0). The NYCFC took 5th place at 4-1-3 in the Eastern Conference after accumulating 19 goals while losing 10 for a +9 goal difference.

 

New York ended the game versus San Jose after hitting 7 shots on target out of 22 total shot attempts for a shooting accuracy rate of 31.8%.

 

NYCFC connected 448 of the 480 attempted passes for 93.3% of received passes and completed 6 of 12 dribbles attempted at a rate of 50.0%. New York averages 2.37 G/90 after scoring 19 goals and dispensed 12 assists in all outings this year.

 

Valentin Castellanos powered the offense for NYCFC after tallying 45 goals that gave him an average of 0.47 G/90 in his 8,618 minutes on the field. The Argentinian forward made 17 assists while receiving 36 yellow card warnings in his 97 career starts in pro soccer.

 

New York City will be sending Sean Johnson (129-94-106 career record) in front of the goal to secure the net from Kansas City attackers on Saturday.

 

The American goalie earned 79 clean sheets at a 24.0% shutout rate with a save percentage of 70.9 while denying 1,423 shots tried against him after defending the net for 29,586 minutes in 329 career starts in the majors.

 

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New York City FC vs Sporting Kansas City Predictions 5/5/2022

 

Sporting Kansas City struggled just recently after finishing with back-to-back draws following their last three defeats this year. Kansas fell to 11th place at 2-2-6 in the Western Conference after gaining 8 goals but allowing 16 for a goal difference of -8 while scoring 8 points on the season.

 

In their recent 2-2 draw against Dallas, Sporting KC attempted 14 shots on target but made only 3 at a shooting rate of 21.4% while their dribbling completed 12 out of 29 tries for a successful dribbling percentage of 41.4.

 

In passing, Kansas connected 453 out of their 534 attempted passes at a rate of 84.8%. Sporting KC ended up with 7 goals and 3 assists in all competitions at an average of 0.70 goals and 0.30 assists per 90 minutes played this season.

 

Scottish forward Johnny Russell will be leading the offense for Kansas City with an average of 0.33 G/90 in his 329 career starts in the majors. Russell recorded 107 goals and 56 assists while receiving 30 yellow cards in 29,144 minutes on the field in pro soccer.

 

GK Tim Melia (94-56-79 career record) will be posting in front of the goal to keep the net safe against NYCFC attackers on Saturday. Melia marked a 30.3% clean sheet rate and a save percentage of 71.3 while tallying 69 shutouts and 676 saves in his 228 career starts and 20,483 minutes in the MLS.              

 

New York City FC vs. Sporting Kansas City. The MLS Pick for this contest is New York City -205. NYCFC gained momentum after winning their last three consecutive games and the club will dominate the struggling Sporting KC team at their home field on Saturday. Prediction: NY City FC will win 2-1.

 

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New York City FC vs Sporting Kansas City 5/5/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

MLS Starting Time: 7:00 PM ET

 

Location: Citi Field Stadium in New York, NY

 

Date: Saturday, May 7, 2022

 

TV: ESPN+

 

MLS Odds/Point Spread: New York City FC -205

 

MLS Totals: 3.5

 

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