The weekend is almost upon us and that means we should have plenty of great MLS action for you over the next three days. Today in our MLS Game Breakdown, we will look at two great matchups and analyze some injury concerns, fantasy news, and potential breakout players for this upcoming slate of games.
Chicago Fire @ New York City FC
Based on the season so far, this game should be an offensive struggle. Chicago has only one player with more than one goal this season and it is midfielder/defender Jeff Larentowicz. Also David Accam position on Draftkings has been moved from a midfielder to a forward, decreasing his value tremendously. The only good news for Chicago is that Mike Magee started training this week as he returns from his injury that has kept him out since the end of last season. As for New York City FC, David Villa still hasn’t looked his dominant self since returning from his injury. They need him and Mix Diskerud to start playing like the stars they are meant to be if they want a chance to make the playoffs this season.
Line: (Pick) O/U: 2 1/2 (o: EVEN, u: -130)
Players to Watch
* Sean Johnson, Chicago Fire ($4,900)
* Joevin Jones, Chicago Fire ($4,800)
* David Villa, New York City FC ($10.200)
* Josh Saunders, New York City FC ($4,200)
New York Red Bulls @ FC Dallas
The nightcap to a Friday slate of MLS action will be an intriguing matchup between top teams in the entire league. FC Dallas has dominated offensively this season, leading the league with 17 goals so far. This is largely due to the play of MVP candidate, Fabian Castillo, who has four goals and five assists on the season. Mauro Diaz has also turned his game up to another level, with four assists in the last two games and one of the assists of the season last week to Blas Perez. Both teams will be missing part of their backline as Zach Loyd is injured for Dallas and Matt Miazga is suspended for the Red Bulls. I expect this to be a very open game and the goal scorers for both teams will have plenty of chances on goal.
Line: (Pick) O/U: 2 1/2 (o: -105, u: -125)
Players to Watch
* Bradley Wright Phillips, New York Red Bulls ($9,900)
* Lloyd Sam, New York Red Bulls ($7,600)
* Mauro Diaz, FC Dallas ($7,500)
* Fabian Castillo, FC Dallas ($9,800)