After a small two game slate combined on Thursday and Friday, there will be five MLS games to choose from on Saturday. We have some great matchups including two of the top teams in the Western Conference facing off in the Dallas heat. As we look at today’s MLS Game Breakdown I will be analyzing some injury concerns and look for potential breakout players. Also follow me on Twitter (@jwl_15) for injury and lineup updates throughout the day.

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Toronto FC @ New York Red Bulls
Game Analysis
The Red Bulls have earned a point in five straight matches and are on a roll as of late. They are still eight points behind DC United in the Eastern Conference, but have three games in hand. Bradley Wright-Phillips scored again and now has double digit goals for the second straight season. The only injured players are still Chris Duvall and Ronald Zubar, which is good news as the Red Bulls push for the top playoff spot in the East. As for Toronto FC, they are fairly healthy as well with their core of Giovinco, Jozy Altidore, and Michael Bradley all ready to play 90 minutes. Altidore has been in poor form as of late, meaning new signing Herculez Gomez may play a part on Saturday. Expect the Red Bulls to control much of the game as they have over the last few weeks.
Line: New York Red Bulls (-1) O/U: 3 (o: -115, u: -115)

Players to Watch
* Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York Red Bulls ($11,500)
* Lloyd Sam, New York Red Bulls ($8,200)
* Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto FC ($13,500)
* Michael Bradley, Toronto FC ($5,600)


Houston Dynamo @ New England Revolution
Game Analysis
Ironically, both these teams come into this game with two wins and a draw in their last three games. They also both have 31 points on the season, meaning I expect this game to be very evenly matched. Although these teams don’t play very often, New England has won the last two meetings. The Revolution are very healthy right now, with Darius Barnes the only guy missing from the squad with an injury. Houston on the other hand are going to be without Jermaine Taylor, Alex, and Ricardo Clark. Luckily, they hope to have Tyler Deric back from his knee injury that kept him out last weekend. Houston have been playing pretty well lately, but I expect New England to thrive at home with a fully fit squad.
Line:New England Revolution (-1/2) O/U: 2 ½ (o: -110, u: -120)

Players to Watch
* Brad Davis, Houston Dynamo ($8,100)
* Will Bruin, Houston Dynamo ($7,200)
* Charlie Davies, New England Revolution ($8,500)
* Lee Nguyen, New England Revolution ($8,600)


LA Galaxy @ FC Dallas
Game Analysis
This will be a very important Western Conference matchup between two teams chasing the Vancouver Whitecaps for the top spot in the West. FC Dallas was off last weekend, but was shocked by the Chicago Fire the previous week. They will be well rested and at full strength as they take on the LA Galaxy and their high powered attack. Fabian Castillo will need some help if they want to beat the Galaxy, meaning Blas Perez, David Texeira, or Tesho Akindele will have to step up their game. The Galaxy will have their strongest lineup on the field as well, with Giovani Dos Santos ready to put his stamp on the league. Their only injuries to note of are Todd Dunivant and Jose Villarreal who have been sidelined for a few weeks now. I expect this to be a high scoring affair with the skillful attackers dominating much of the game.
Line: (Pick) O/U: 2 ½ (o: -125, u: -105)

Players to Watch
* Robbie Keane, LA Galaxy ($10,800)
* Giovani Dos Santos, LA Galaxy ($8,600)
* Mauro Diaz, FC Dallas ($9,800)
* Fabian Castillo, FC Dallas ($10,500)


Vancouver Whitecaps @ Sporting KC
Game Analysis
Vancouver will look to extend their three game win streak and their two point lead in the Western Conference on Saturday. They have been outstanding as of late with surprise contributions from the likes of Cristian Techera and Pa Modou Kah. They have been able to stay pretty healthy this season with Mauro Rosales the only guy in doubt against Sporting KC. I expect Vancouver to continue their strong play away from home as they try to fend off FC Dallas and the LA Galaxy at the top of the West. As for Sporting KC, they are right in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race and a win against Vancouver would be huge. Roger Espinoza will still be out with an injury, joining defenders Ike Opara, Jalil Anibaba, and Seth Sinovic on the sideline. Luckily Dom Dwyer will be back after his suspension and Benny Feilhaber will look to build on his career year.
Line: (Pick) O/U: 2 ½ (o: Even, u: -130)

Players to Watch
* Octavio Rivero, Vancouver Whitecaps ($9,200)
* Cristian Techera, Vancouver Whitecaps ($4,500)
* Benny Feilhaber, Sporting KC ($9,700)
* Dom Dwyer, Sporting KC ($9,000)


Portland Timbers @ Real Salt Lake
Game Analysis
Real Salt Lake were blown out last weekend against Vancouver with a second team squad on the field. Joao Plata, Sebastian Jaime, Aaron Maund, and Luke Mulholland are all expected to return to the starting lineup on Saturday against Portland. They will be without Abdoulie Mansally who picked up a red card last weekend and Nick Rimando and Chris Shuler will both face fitness tests before the match. Portland travel to Utah after a solid win over the Chicago Fire last week. They are another team that are privileged enough to not be dealing with any major injuries this late in the season. I expect Real Salt Lake’s home field advantage to play a factor, but they better put their top squad on the field if they want a chance to beat Portland.
Line: (Pick) O/U: 2 ½ (o: -110, u: -120)

Players to Watch
* Fernando Adi, Portland Timbers ($8,900)
* Diego Valeri, Portland Timbers ($9,600)
* Joao Plata, Real Salt Lake ($7,000)
* Javier Morales, Real Salt Lake ($8,800)