We start another week of MLS with a three game slate tonight starting at 7 PM. As we look at today’s MLS Game Breakdown I will be analyzing some injury concerns and look for potential breakout players for both games. Also follow me on Twitter (@jwl_15) for injury and lineup updates throughout the day.

Today’s Contests

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Chicago Fire @ DC United

Game Analysis

DC United will once again be at home this week as they face Jeff Larentowicz and the Chicago Fire. Larentowicz scored his team leading fourth goal of the season last week, albeit from the penalty spot. Maybe with Kennedy Igboananike finally scoring his first goal last week as well, he can finally provide Chicago with that much needed attacking option up front. As for DC United, they will be without one of their attacking options this week, as Chris Rolfe was suspended for a high challenge on Vincent Nogueira. Fortunately they may not need him because Fabian Espindola returned to training yesterday and may be fit for tonight’s match.

Line: DC United (-1/2) O/U: 2 1/2 (o:-115 , u:-115)

Players to Watch

Fabian Espindola, DC United ($8,500)
Bill Hamid, DC United ($5,700)
Kennedy Igboananike, Chicago Fire ($5,800)
Harry Shipp, Chicago Fire ($8,200)

Columbus Crew @ Philadelphia Union

Game Analysis

After a 4-1 loss last time against Columbus, the Union will look to fair better in front of their own fans. Last week, Kei Kamara became the first player in MLS this season to score double digit goals, but that wasn’t enough to get the win. Michael Parkhurst may have been the reason after he was shown a red card (a questionable handball decision) early last week and will be suspended today because of that. Philadelphia have played better as of late and I expect them to put up a fight against the Crew, especially since Columbus will be without their defensive leader.

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

Players to Watch

Kei Kamara, Columbus Crew ($10,700)
Ethan Finlay, Columbus Crew ($7,400)
Sebastien Le Toux, Philadelphia Union ($6,900)
Cristian Maidana, Philadelphia Union ($7,200)

Vancouver Whitecaps @ Montreal Impact

Game Analysis

In a preview of the Canadian Championship Finals matchup, both teams will look to prove who is on top of their country months before championship itself. Montreal was slaughtered last week by Chicago, which was a surprise after their recent stretch of form. With both Andres Romero and Dilly Duka listed on the injury list with slight knocks, they may join Marco Donadel on the sideline as a suspension will take him out of Montreal lineup. Vancouver don’t have any injuries to note of, but expect them to also shake up their lineups with it being a midweek game.

Line: (Pick) O/U: 2 1/2 (o:+105 , u:-135 )

Players to Watch

Octavio Rivero, Vancouver Whitecaps ($9,800)
Cristian Techera, Vancouver Whitecaps ($5,300)
Andres Romero, Montreal Impact ($5,700)
Ignacio Piatti, Montreal Impact ($7,500)