Inter Miami vs LA Galaxy will be held on Sunday, April 18, 2021 at DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and the contest can be viewed on ABC network. The opening odds show Miami at -116 and LA Galaxy at +300.
Stadium Note:DRV PNK Stadium (formerly Inter Miami CF Stadium) is a soccer-specific stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Built on the site of the former Lockhart Stadium, the 18,000-seat stadium is the home pitch of Inter Miami CF of Major League Soccer and its USL League One reserve side Fort Lauderdale CF. DRV PNK Stadium is intended as an interim venue for Inter Miami CF until the completion of the proposed Freedom Park stadium.
Mexican born player Chicahrito is a MLS playr for the LA Galaxy and considered one of the best from Mexico. The Galxy finished the 2020 season with a 6-4-12 season and were 10th in the Western Conference. Inter Miami was 7-3-3 last year and was 10th place in the Eastern Conference. Goalkeepers that are expected to start should be Jonathan Bond for Miami and John McCarthy for the LA Galaxy.
In Miami’s last match-up in preseason they lost to Nashville 3-0 and ended with a 83,6% received passes rate of 428 passes. Last season they finished with 1.04 goals per match for 24 total goals and amassed 18 assists for the season.
Julian Carranza is a legitimate impact player for Miami as he totaled 1 assist and has a career 0.34 G/90 in 30 games. Gonzalo Higuain is another to watch for Inter Miami as he has 3 career goals for his team and 238 total in his career. He is averaging 0.70 goals per 90 minutes in his pro career.
Inter Miami vs LA Galaxy-Goalies
John McCarthy for Miami has a career 42-32-28 record and 35 clean sheets, He has viewed 400 shots against him in 102 starts. He has allowed 1.13 goals per 90 minutes of play. Also he has 295 stops.
When they last stepped on the pitch, LA went home defeated by a final of 3-0 against Vancouver. They finished the match by completing 462 of the 521 pass attempts for a rate of 88.7%. The Galaxy had a 57.1% successful dribble percentage by connecting on 12 of the 21 dribbles they tried. LA converted 6 shots on target out of their 12 shots attempted which gave them a 50.0% rate in their last game. Having accumulated 26 goals and 17 assists in all their matches, LA averages 1.18 goals and 0.77 assists per 90.
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Look for Johnathan Bond to be in goals for the Galaxy. He has allowed 28 goals in 91 starts with 283 stops. His goals per 90 minute average is 1.41. Bond has 20 clean sheets to his credit.
Pick: Take LA (+300)
The goalies and most all aspects favor the Inter Miami CF squad in this contest.
Here are the preseason odds for each team to win the MLS Cup:
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Orlando City SC
Inter Miami CF
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Here are our previous two picks to start the season.
Next week’s pick:
Kansas City vs Orlando
Nashville vs Montreal
LAFC vs New York Red Bulls
Picks for May 1-2 include:
Orlando vs Cincinnati
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