In this midweek slate, we have seven excellent matchups for you to choose from as you set your DraftKings lineups. Be aware that the last Wednesday slate of games resulted in many lineups being altered as teams look to rotate their squad with less rest between matches. As we look at today’s MLS Game Breakdown I will be analyzing some injury concerns, point out the 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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Seattle Sounders @ Philadelphia Union

Game Analysis

Seattle struggled mightily last week missing their top three strikers up front in Obafemi Martins, Clint Dempsey, and Chad Barrett. All three will be out once again this week, moving Lamar Neagle to the top of the attack. He did the same last week, but with Neagle and Marco Pappa being the only regular players in attack, they were unable to score a goal. Speaking of missing players in attack, Philadelphia is dealing with their own issues. CJ Sapong is the only healthy Union striker, with Fernando Ariteguieta, Conor Casey, and Sebastian Le Toux all injured. I expect the Union to put up a fight this week against the Sounders, especially after losing 5-1 last week against the Galaxy.

Line: (Pick) O/U: 2 1/2 (o:EVEN , u:-130)

Players to Watch

  • Marco Pappa, Seattle Sounders ($6,400)
  • Lamar Neagle, Seattle Sounders ($6,500)
  • CJ Sapong, Philadelphia Union ($6,000)
  • Fabinho, Philadelphia Union ($3,800)


Real Salt Lake @ New York Red Bulls

Game Analysis

The Red Bulls are on a four game losing streak and it was made worse last week with Bradley Wright-Phillips missing two PKs. Lloyd Sam will be out once again, as will Sacha Kljestan who was shown a red card last week. As for Real Salt Lake, they are coming off a solid win against Sporting KC. Alvaro Saborio surprisingly wasn’t able to participate in the win, which led to the emergence and eventual goals of Sebastian Jaime and Olmes Garcia. Also Javier Morales may not be available if the MLS decides to suspend him after the fact for his late challenge on Benny Feilhaber.

Line: New York Red Bulls (-1) O/U: 2 1/2 (o:-110 , u:-120)

Players to Watch

  • Sebastian Jaime, Real Salt Lake ($4,700)
  • Jordan Allen, Real Salt Lake ($5,700)
  • Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York Red Bulls ($10,700)
  • Felipe Martins, New York Red Bulls ($6,000)


New England Revolution @ Columbus Crew

Game Analysis

The Columbus Crew’s winless streak has now reached six matches and they must look to end it this week against New England. The potential return of Will Trapp to the starting lineup will be a huge boost to the center of that midfield, but his status is still in doubt. Chris Klute will also be in doubt, so the rest of the Crew starting lineup must find a way to win this game. They will be going up against a streaky New England Revolution team that lost last weekend against DC United. They will once again be without Jermaine Jones and they will need to start getting used to it because he is far from being healthy. His injury and they disfunctional backline of New England could lead to plenty of chances for the MLS goal scoring leader, Kei Kamara.

Line: Columbus Crew (-1/2) O/U: 2 1/2 (o:-125 , u:-105)

Players to Watch

  • Juan Agudelo, New England Revolution ($7,700)
  • Lee Nguyen, New England Revolution ($7,900)
  • Federico Higuain, Columbus Crew ($8,600)
  • Kei Kamara, Columbus Crew ($9,400)


Colorado Rapids @ Orlando City SC

Game Analysis

Orlando City’s win streak was halted last week as they come into this game expecting to get at least a point. They will basically be at full strength, with Brek Shea and Cyle Larin back from international duty. Colorado has been dreadful this year and the continual absence of Axel Sjoberg has only made matters worse. I expect Orlando City to control this game from start to finish and at least one goal from Kaka should be expected.
Line: Orlando City (-1/2) O/U: 2 1/2 (o:EVEN , u:-130)

Players to Watch

  • Dillon Powers, Colorado Rapids ($7,100)
  • Brek Shea, Orlando City SC ($6,100)
  • Kaka, Orlando City SC ($11,200)
  • Cyle Larin, Orlando City SC ($7,500)


Montreal Impact @ Toronto FC

Game Analysis

Both teams are in fairly good form as of late, with both having three wins in their last five matches. Giovinco has been dominating lately, but was unable to break through last week as Toronto struggled against surging New York City FC. The return of Jozy Altidore to full strength should be a huge boost for Toronto moving forward, although he hasn’t lived up to the hype since returning to MLS. As for Montreal, they earned a well deserved win last week against Orlando City. Dominic Oduro scored a late goal to seal the victory and his goal may move him ahead of Jack McInerney in the pecking order. If he does get the start, he could be a great flex play against the same team that gave up two goals to NYCFC just last week.
Line: Toronto FC (-1/2) O/U: 2 1/2 (o:-130 , u:EVEN)

Players to Watch

  • Dominic Oduro, Montreal Impact ($6,500)
  • Ignacio Piatti, Montreal Impact ($6,600)
  • Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto FC ($10,600)
  • Jozy Altidore, Toronto FC ($8,200)


DC United @ Chicago Fire

Game Analysis

DC United are coming off a huge win last week against New England and will now face one of the league’s worst teams in the Chicago Fire. This will be the fourth game for DC United in June and this may be time to rest some of their key players, especially since Chris Pontius and Sean Franklin will already be out with an injury. As for Chicago, they are lead by Harry Shipp and David Accam, but Accam and their other designated player, Shaun Maloney, will both be out tonight. This makes the task for Chicago nearly impossible as they search for a rare point.

Line: Chicago Fire (-1/2) O/U: 2 1/2 (o:EVEN , u:-130)

Players to Watch
* Harry Shipp, Chicago Fire ($7,300)
* Fabian Espindola, DC United ($8,800)
* Bill Hamid, DC United ($5,400)
* Chris Rolfe, DC United ($8,600)


Portland Timbers @ LA Galaxy

Game Analysis

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, it was only a matter of time until the Timbers hit their stride. They will be looking for their fifth straight win tonight, and it all has started with the return of Will Johnson to that midfield. He may not show up on the stat sheet, but his play will provide plenty of other opportunities for the likes of Darlington Nagbe, Maximiliano Urruti, and Gaston Fernandez. It will only get better for Portland once Diego Valeri returns, but he still looks like he may be a few weeks away from returning to the starting lineup. As for Los Angeles, they dominated Philadelphia last week with their five goal performance. Robbie Keane was unable to find the back of the net, but he created plenty of other chances for the guys around him including Gyasi Zardes and newcomer, Sebastian Lletget. This is set up to be a very entertaining match between two teams in very good form who would love a win to move up the Western Conference standings.

Line: LA Galaxy (-1/2) O/U: 2 1/2 (o:-115 , u:-115)

Players to Watch

  • Gaston Fernandez, Portland Timbers ($5,300)
  • Darlington Nagbe, Portland Timbers ($6,000)
  • Gyasi Zardes, LA Galaxy ($9,500)
  • Robbie Keane, LA Galaxy ($9,800)