We have the normal contest slate for you on Saturday with the six game MLS slate starting at 4 PM EST. 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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Montreal Impact @ Toronto FC
Game Analysis
Toronto should be riding high this weekend as they are at home after their 5-0 demolishing of Orlando City last weekend. Sebastian Giovinco has been outstanding as usual, but it has been Michael Bradley that has changed the dynamic of the midfield with his two assists last weekend. They will be without Luke Moore and Damien Perquis, but they should be just fine especially as Herculez Gomez gets more acquainted with his teammates. As for Montreal, Ignacio Piatti will be missing once again and Didier Drogba will also not travel with the team with a toe injury. Justin Mapp returned from his long injury absence last week and the Impact hope he can be the spark they need as they push for the playoffs.
Line: Toronto FC (-1/2) O/U: 3 (o: -105, u: -125)

Players to Watch
* Dominic Oduro, Montreal Impact ($7,800)
* Justin Mapp, Montreal Impact ($4,200)
* Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto FC ($13,900)
* Michael Bradley, Toronto FC ($6,500)


Columbus Crew @ New York City FC
Game Analysis
The Crew will travel to New York City in hopes to doom NYCFC’s playoff hopes once more. Columbus picked up a great win last weekend as Jack McInerney’s late goal gave them a 3-2 win over Sporting KC. Unfortunately, he also picked up a suspension and will be unavailable against NYCFC. Also Cedrick was a substitute as well and made his claim to be inserted in the starting lineup on Saturday. New signing Gaston Sauro will be questionable due to match fitness as the Crew would love for him to help the team as soon as possible. As for NYCFC, they are coming off a tough 5-1 loss last week to the LA Galaxy. Frank Lampard continues to have no impact on the MLS as injuries and a crowded midfield has left him on bench yet again. I expect New York City FC to play well at home and play the Crew tough as they are in desperate need for a win to get back in playoff contention.
Line: (Pick) O/U: 3 ½ (o: -110, u: -125)

Players to Watch
* Kei Kamara, Columbus Crew ($11,000)
* Ethan Finlay, Columbus Crew ($8,300)
* David Villa, New York City FC ($13,000)
* Kwadwo Poku, New York City FC ($5,800)


New England Revolution @ Philadelphia Union
Game Analysis
The Revolution have won two straight games putting them safely in fifth place in the playoffs, six points ahead of Montreal. Now they travel to Philadelphia to try to end their recent road woes. Jermaine Jones returned with a short cameo last weekend and will likely be ready to start as he tries to lead his team back toward the top of the Eastern Conference where they once were before his injury. As for the Union, they have earned five points in their last three games and their recent surge has put them just one point behind Montreal, Orlando City, and New York City FC as they all fight for the final playoff spot in the East. Injuries to Zach Pfeffer, Maurice Edu, Andrew Wenger, and Brian Sylvestre will be difficult to overcome, but the play of Cristian Maidana and Sebastien Le Toux carried the team over the last few weeks. I expect the Union to get a point out of this match in front of their home crowd.
Line: Philadelphia Union (-1/2) O/U: 3 (o: Even, u: -143)

Players to Watch
* Charlie Davies, New England Revolution ($8,500)
* Lee Nguyen, New England Revolution ($8,900)
* Sebastien Le Toux, Philadelphia Union ($6,000)
* Cristian Maidana, Philadelphia Union ($9,000)


Chicago Fire @ Orlando City
Game Analysis
Orlando City’s recent struggles came to a peak last weekend as they lost 5-0 to Toronto FC. They fell apart after Rafael Ramos and Adrian Winter red cards that gave Orlando City’s attack no hope. Both will be suspended for Saturday and most likely join Brek Shea and Tony Cascio on the sideline. As for Chicago, they picked up an impressive win midweek against the New York Red Bulls. Kennedy Igboananike has been outstanding as of late, scoring four goals in his last three games. It may be crazy to say that the Chicago Fire are still in the playoff hunt, but being only two points out of the playoffs means they are still in it. If Gilberto, Igboananike, and David Accam can build some chemistry together and their backline can hold up, Chicago may be able to make a late season push.
Line: Orlando City (-1/2) O/U: 2 ½ (o: -130, u: Even)

Players to Watch
* Kennedy Igboananike, Chicago Fire ($6,400)
* David Accam, Chicago Fire ($6,600)
* Kaka, Orlando City ($10,700)
* Cyle Larin, Orlando City ($9,100)


Vancouver Whitecaps @ Houston Dynamo
Game Analysis
The Dynamo go into this game needing another win badly, after failing to do so in each of their last three games. Still three points out of a playoff spot and chasing the resurgent Seattle Sounders, three points or bust should be the motto for Houston moving forward. Injuries to Ricardo Clark, DaMarcus Beasley, and Kofi Sarkodie will most certainly not help their chances as they face a very good Vancouver Whitecaps team. Unfortunately for Vancouver, the home team has won all five meeting between these two teams, but there is a good chance that changes on Saturday. The Whitecaps have won four of five games and their only injury concern is Pa-Modou Kah who may have to wear a mask due to a facial fracture. I expect the pace of Vancouver to dominate especially if Beasley is unable to play on Saturday.
Line: (Pick) O/U: 2 ½ (o: -110, u: -120)

Players to Watch
* Octavio Rivero, Vancouver Whitecaps ($9,000)
* Kekuta Manneh, Vancouver Whitecaps ($8,200)
* Brad Davis, Houston Dynamo ($8,100)
* Giles Barnes, Houston Dynamo ($8,600)


Sporting KC @ Colorado Rapids
Game Analysis
Colorado may be in the best form of the season right now, although that isn’t saying much. They have won two in a row and will look for a third at home against a banged up Sporting KC side. The Rapids beat the Dynamo midweek as they try to work their way out of last place in the Western Conference. They are fairly healthy with Luis Solignac and Jared Watts being the only real concerns going into Saturday. As for Sporting KC, they haven’t lost to Colorado since 2009 and would hate for that to happen this year as they are currently on a two game losing streak already. To make matters worse, injuries to Graham Zusi, Soni Mustivar, Amobi Okugo, and Roger Espinoza have depleted their once valuable midfield depth. Zusi is expect to play after his brilliant goal against Columbus, but Sporting KC will need much more from Dom Dwyer if they want to beat Colorado.
Line: (Pick) O/U: 2 ½ (o: -110, u: -120)

Players to Watch
* Benny Feilhaber, Sporting KC ($9,200)
* Graham Zusi, Sporting KC ($6,600)
* Kevin Doyle, Colorado Rapids ($6,500)
* Dillon Serna, Colorado Rapids ($4,300)


Real Salt Lake @ FC Dallas
Game Analysis
FC Dallas ruined their four game win streak in July by losing their first three games in the month of August. That has dropped them to fifth place in the Western Conference but luckily they have a couple games in hand over some of the other teams. Mauro Diaz’s absence has been very significant and they just haven’t been able to find the correct replacement for Blas Perez as he has been in and out of the lineup all season. Rolando Escobar has seen playing time up top as of late, but no production has come from it. I expect either Tesho Akindele or David Texeira to start at home against Real Salt Lake if Blas Perez isn’t ready. As for RSL, they are coming off a good win last weekend against the Seattle Sounders. Javier Morales has been their leader as usual, but Sebastian Jaime continues to be a huge spark for them as they push closer toward the playoffs. Luis Silva, who has started and played well over the last few weeks, is questionable with a leg injury, but other than that RSL should be healthy and ready to go as they search for a second straight win against FC Dallas.
Line: FC Dallas (-1/2) O/U: 2 ½ (o: -115, u: -115)

Players to Watch
* Javier Morales, Real Salt Lake ($9,200)
* Sebastian Jaime, Real Salt Lake ($6,400)
* Fabian Castillo, FC Dallas ($10,000)
* Michael Barrios, FC Dallas ($5,100)