MLS Soccer: Seattle Sounders FC vs. Chicago Fire Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/11/15
Chicago Fire (4-9-3) vs. Seattle Sounders FC (10-7-2)
MLS Soccer: Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 8:30 pm (Toyota Park)
The Line: Seattle +292 / Chicago +106 -- Over/Under: 2.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MLS LIVE, CSN-Chicago, JOEtv
The Seattle Sounders FC and Chicago Fire square off Saturday night at Toyota Park.
The Seattle Sounders FC could use a win after losing four of their last six matches. The Seattle Sounders FC are a defensive team that’s allowed just 18 goals in 19 matches and has pitched nine shutouts. Stefan Frei has come away with 71 saves and has allowed five goals in his last three starts. Offensively, the Seattle Sounders FC have scored just two goals in their last four matches and have scored one or less goals in 11 of their 19 contests. Clint Dempsey leads Seattle with seven goals, Marco Pappa has five assists and Lamar Neagle has 29 shot attempts. The Seattle Sounders FC have lost four of their last five road matches in MLS play. Andres Correa is questionable with a groin injury.
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The Chicago Fire also need a win after not winning any of their last five matches. The Chicago Fire need a spark offensively after scoring just 18 goals in 16 matches and being shutout five times. Jeff Larentowicz leads Chicago with four goals, Harry Shipp has five assists and Quincy Amarikwa has 32 shot attempts. Defensively, the Chicago Fire have allowed 24 goals overall and one or less goals in seven of their matches. Sean Johnson has 20 saves and has allowed two goals in his last two starts. The Chicago Fire have won three of their last six home matches in MLS play. David Accam is questionable with a hamstring injury.
The Seattle Sounders have won their last three meetings over the Chicago Fire and are 4-0-1 against them in the last five meetings. The Fire have never beaten the Sounders in nine meetings, which includes three draws. This will be the only time these teams meet this season.
The Fire have to beat the Sounders eventually, right? If it’s going to happen, it will likely be without Dempsey, who is playing for the U.S. in the Gold Cup. The Sounders proved during his suspension that they’re vulnerable without his offense. I’ll take a chance with the Fire in an outright win.