After another exciting slate of games yesterday, we have two more MLS matches for your entertainment this afternoon. As we look at today’s MLS Game Breakdown I will be analyzing some injury concerns, some key missing players, and look for potential breakout players for both games. Also follow me on Twitter (@jwl_15) for injury and lineup updates throughout the day.
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New England Revolution @ DC United
The top two teams in the Eastern Conference meet this afternoon in a match that could be a preview of the Eastern Conference Championship. DC United played a difficult match midweek against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds from the USL, but only one regular starter (Jairo Arrieta) played in that game. They will be putting a stronger lineup out today, but they may be missing a few key players including Sean Franklin and Chris Pontius. New England will still be without their leader, Jermaine Jones, but that wasn’t an issue last week in their 2-0 win against Chicago. This is set up to be a very entertaining match and lets hope it doesn’t disappoint.
Line: (Pick) O/U: 2 1/2 (o:-105 , u:-125)
Players to Watch
* Charlie Davies, New England Revolution ($8,800)
* Lee Nguyen, New England Revolution ($7,600)
* Fabian Espindola, DC United ($9,500)
* Taylor Kemp, DC United ($4,100)
Sporting KC @ Real Salt Lake
This Western Conference matchup features a Real Salt Lake team that has been desperate to get healthy and make a run up the standings. Unfortunately they will be without their defensive pairing of Jamison Olave and Chris Shuler this week. Javier Morales may also be in doubt as he has been dealing with some lingering knee issues this week. That is news Real Salt Lake fans do not want to hear, as Sporting KC are in great form. They have earned a point in each of their last six matches, four of which were wins. Sporting KC will be without Seth Sinovic, Jacob Peterson, and Paulo Nagamura, but they should still put out a strong starting lineup. Real Salt Lake may have home field advantage, but it may not be enough this week.
Line: (Pick) O/U: 2 1/2 (o:+115 , u:-150)
Players to Watch
* Benny Feilhaber, Sporting KC ($8,400)
* Dom Dwyer, Sporting KC ($8,300)
* Joao Plata, Real Salt Lake ($5,400)
* Javier Morales, Real Salt Lake ($8,600)