A three game Soccer Sunday card rounds out the MLS weekend action. Let’s get right to Sunday’s MLS Game Breakdown where i’ll point out some things to watch for while building your lineups today. Keep your eyes peeled for starting lineups as they are released and adjust where necessary. I will be posting starting lineups on Twitter (@DraftKicks), usually an hour before each game kicks off.
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Orlando City SC @ New York City FC
The last time New York City FC played at Yankee Stadium there were eight goals scored in a wild 4-4 draw with Toronto FC. Though the NYCFC defense conceded four goals, they introduced a pair of exciting new outside backs in Angelino and Iraola. Orlando City SC are happy to have Cyle Larin back from the Gold Cup, but are still without the services of Brek Shea as he recovers from injury. There’s a chance US Men’s National team midfielder Mix Diskerud could return to the NYCFC fold today. Look for another fun game on the short confines of Yankee Stadium, which could see another superstar shootout with Kaka and David Villa. Fans will have to wait to see Chelsea’s all-time leading scorer Frank Lampard make his NYCFC debut, as he was ruled out with a calf injury. Italian legend Andrea Pirlo could be introduced on Sunday, but it is yet to be seen what kind of fantasy value he will add.
Line: Pick O/U: 2.5 (o: -115, u: -125)
Players to Watch
* David Villa, New York City FC ($11,200)
* Kaka, Orlando City SC ($10,000)
* Cyle Larin, Orlando City SC ($7,400)
* Angelino, New York City FC ($3,100)
Philadelphia Union @ D.C. United
A pair of Eastern Conference foes clash at RFK Stadium on Sunday in front of a nationally televised ESPN2 audience. D.C. United will be happy to be back home after a four-game road stretch sees them winless in three-straight. Philadelphia is coming off an emotional midweek U.S. Open Cup game, which saw them knock off New York Red Bulls in Penalty Kicks after a grueling 120 minutes. The big news in D.C. is the recent acquisition of forward Alvaro Saborio, which pairs him with former Real Salt Lake strike partner Fabian Espindola. Andrew Dykstra has filled in nicely since D.C. lost usual goalkeeper Bill Hamid to injury, and will be asked to man the net once more tonight. With D.C. desperate for three points, i’m looking for them to get the job done against a potentially fatigued Philadelphia squad.
Line: D.C. United (ML: -108) O/U: 2 ½ (o: -112, u: -128)
Players to Watch
* Fabian Espindola, D.C. United ($8,000)
* Alvaro Saborio, D.C. United ($7,500)
* Andew Dykstra, D.C. United ($4,800)
* Cristian Maidana, Philadelphia Union ($7,500)
San Jose Earthquakes @ Vancouver Whitecaps
Things don’t get easier for a San Jose Earthquakes team that has lost three straight games, as they now travel to face a hungry Vancouver Whitecaps team. Chris Wondolowski will likely miss out for the Quakes once more, having logged 60 minutes in the Gold Cup yesterday. His replacement at forward, Quincy Amarikwa, raised some eyebrows with a pair of goals at Los Angeles last weekend. The Whitecaps will be without the services of both Cristian Techera and Jordan Harvey, who are missing out through suspension. The Whitecaps could see a big boost with the return of midfield maestro Pedro Morales, who should mesh right back in with the deadly duo of Octavio Rivero and Kekuta Manneh in the Vancouver attack.
Line: Vancouver Whitecaps (-1, -101) O/U: 2 ½ (o: -114, u: -127)
Players to Watch
* Octavio Rivero, Vancouver Whitecaps ($9,00)
* Kekuta Manneh, Vancouver Whitecaps ($7,000)
* David Ousted Vancouver Whitecaps ($4,700)
* Matias Perez Garcia, San Jose Earthquakes ($8,000)