With a six game MLS slate and teams pushing for a playoff spot, I would expect that this weekend should be an exciting time for all MLS fans. As we look at today’s MLS Game Breakdown I will be analyzing some injury concerns, point out some key missing players, and look for potential breakout players for all six games. Also follow me on Twitter (@jwl_15) for injury and lineup updates throughout the day.

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New York Red Bulls @ Columbus Crew
Game Analysis
New York have won two games in a row since ending their long losing streak. They match up against another very inconsistent team in Columbus, as both teams are trying to keep a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Columbus will be without Will Trapp again, but he continues to get closer to returning to the lineup. Star players Kei Kamara and Bradley Wright Phillips will be key to each team’s success, but role players such as Mike Grella and Ethan Finlay shouldn’t be overlooked. Both teams play a very attacking style of soccer so I would expect a few goals to be scored in this match.
Line: Columbus Crew (-1/2) O/U: 2 1/2 (o:-130 , u:EVEN)

Players to Watch
* Bradley Wright Phillips, New York Red Bulls ($10,400)
* Mike Grella, New York Red Bulls ($5,800)
* Kei Kamara, Columbus Crew ($9,100)
* Ethan Finlay, Columbus Crew ($7,000)


New York City FC @ Montreal Impact
Game Analysis
The big news for New York City FC is the arrival of Frank Lampard, but he will not be eligible to play for another week. That means that NYCFC will rely heavily on the play of David Villa and Thomas McNamara with Mix Diskerud having played over 60 minutes yesterday in the United States 4-0 win over Guatemala. As for Montreal, they will continue to lean on Ignacio Piatti to create most of their chances in attack, but lately it has been Jack McInerney who has been a force in front of goal. Unfortunately for the Impact, they will once again be missing Justin Mapp, Eric Miller, Hassoun Camara, and Kenny Cooper. Expect Montreal to feed of the energy of the home crowd, but they will have a tough task against a much improved New York City FC.
Line: Montreal Impact (-1/2) O/U: 2 1/2 (o:-125 , u:-105)

Players to Watch
* David Villa, New York City FC ($10,900)
* Thomas McNamara, New York City FC ($5,000)
* Ignacio Piatti, Montreal Impact ($7,200)
* Jack McInerney, Montreal Impact ($6,700)


New England Revolution @ FC Dallas
Game Analysis
Despite sitting in the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, FC Dallas has two more points than the Revolution who are in second place in the Eastern Conference. New England will be without Jermaine Jones and Andrew Farrell in defense, which doesn’t help a team that already averages two goals against on the road. Blas Perez and Tesho Akindele were both called up to prepare for the Gold Cup, so they may be unavailable on Saturday. That means Fabian Castillo and David Texeira will likely lead the attack as FC Dallas look to increase the Revolution’s losing streak to four matches.
Line: FC Dallas (-1/2) O/U: 2 1/2 (o:-120 , u:-110)

Players to Watch
* Lee Nguyen, New England Revolution ($7,900)
* Charlie Davies, New England Revolution ($8,900)
* Fabian Castillo, FC Dallas ($10,300)
* David Texeira, FC Dallas ($5,400)


Vancouver Whitecaps @ Colorado Rapids
Game Analysis
Vancouver has won three in a row and will go for a fourth against the worst team in MLS. Colorado lost again last week and they are simply falling apart. Gabriel Torres will be unavailable as well, but hopefully the attack of Kevin Doyle and Luis Solignac can start creating some chemistry and goals. As for Vancouver, Pedro Morales is doubtful to play with an injury and Russell Teibert was called up to prepare for the Gold Cup. Vancouver should expect nothing less than three points in this game and Octavio Rivero should be a popular pick for Saturday’s lineup.
Line: (Pick) O/U: 2 1/2 (o:-110 , u:-120)

Players to Watch
* Octavio Rivero, Vancouver Whitecaps ($9,400)
* Cristian Techera, Vancouver Whitecaps ($4,200)
* Kevin Doyle, Colorado Rapids ($3,900)
* Luis Solignac, Colorado Rapids ($4,200)


Orlando City SC @ Real Salt Lake
Game Analysis
The high flying Orlando City SC will take on a struggling Real Salt Lake team, who will look for home field advantage in Utah. Orlando City has been riding the confidence and success of Kaka, which has allowed Cyle Larin to thrive in his rookie season. Unfortunately, Larin’s success has led to his call-up to the Canadian National Team, opening up the door for Carlos Rivas or Rafeal Ramos to move more central. As for Real Salt Lake, they will be without the suspended Jordan Allen, Kyle Beckerman, Nick Rimando, and Alvaro Saborio who are on international duty. Real Salt Lake are missing a majority of their starting lineup, which means Orlando City should walk away with at least a point this weekend.
Line: (Pick) O/U: 2 1/2 (o:-110 , u:-120)

Players to Watch
* Kaka, Orlando City SC ($11,000)
* Carlos Rivas, Orlando City SC ($4,800)
* Joao Plata, Real Salt Lake ($6,000)
* Javier Morales, Real Salt Lake ($8,900)


Toronto FC @ LA Galaxy
Game Analysis
The Galaxy haven’t given up more than one goal at home all season, but will go up against the high powered attack of Toronto FC. The MVP frontrunner, Sebastian Giovinco, has continued his dominance even with the return of Jozy Altidore to the starting lineup. Unfortunately both Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley will both be missing, as they played a significant part in the USMNT win over Guatemala preparing for the Gold Cup. The Galaxy saw both Gyasi Zardes and Omar Gonzalez play significant minutes for the USMNT yesterday as well, so Robbie Keane and company will need some help. With Alan Gordon suspended and Steven Gerrard having to wait another week, maybe Jose Villarreal will get a run out and provide a great value play in your fantasy lineups this weekend..
Line: LA Galaxy (-1/2) O/U: 2 1/2 (o:-120 , u:-110)

Players to Watch
* Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto FC ($11,300)
* Justin Morrow, Toronto FC ($4,300)
* Robbie Keane, LA Galaxy ($10,200)
* Jose Villarreal, LA Galaxy ($4,500)