What some people call the most boring thing about soccer, I call a great Friday night of MLS action. We saw two draws last night, including a four goal thriller in New York. Today in our MLS Game Breakdown, we will look at six great matchups and analyze some injury concerns and potential breakout players for this upcoming slate of games.

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Real Salt Lake @ Montreal Impact
Game Analysis
These two teams have been ravaged by injuries and that is what most likely contributed to their poor starts to the season. Montreal will only be playing their sixth game of the season and have only scored three goals so far. They are without three defenders this week, which should help the attack of Real Salt Lake. Alvaro Saborio will look to add to his two goals on the season, but they will once again be without Javier Morales. I don’t expect much from this match, as this will be an offensive struggle.
Line: (Pick) O/U: 2 1/2 (o: +110, u: -140)

Players to Watch
* Nick Rimando, Real Salt Lake ($4,700)
* Luke Mulholland Real Salt Lake ($4,900)
* Dominic Oduro, Montreal Impact ($6,100)
* Ignacio Piatti, Montreal Impact ($6,800)


Seattle Sounders @ Vancouver Whitecaps
Game Analysis
Vancouver will look to solidify their hold on the Western Conference against the Seattle Sounders. Both teams boast dangerous attacks and I doubt the defenders for both teams slept well last night as they prepared for Dempsey, Martins, and Octavio Rivero. The main injury concern is Obafemi Martins who is questionable with a tibial contusion, but I would expect him to play. Make sure to check his status leading up to the game though, because his absence would increase the value of Lamar Neagle and other attack options. The theme of this game will be “goals” and I expect plenty of them to be scored.
Line: (Pick) O/U: 2 1/2 (o: -110, u: -120)

Players to Watch
* Clint Dempsey, Seattle Sounders ($10,400)
* Lamar Neagle, Seattle Sounders ($6,200)
* Octavio Rivero, Vancouver Whitecaps ($9,400)
* Darren Mattocks, Vancouver Whitecaps ($6,200)


Toronto FC @ New England Revolution
Game Analysis
Toronto FC will have the chance to end the Revolutions eight game point streak this week in New England. The Revolution have been very dangerous all season with their plethora of USMNT cast offs. Charlie Davies has been spectacular so far this season, but the biggest surprise is the play of Kelyn Rowe, who has taken playing time away from Lee Nguyen. Toronto FC is the exact opposite of New England, as they have a ton of proven international talent, but their team chemistry seems a bit off so far this season. We all know that with the likes of Jozy Altidore and Giovinco, Toronto will always be a dangerous team no matter the circumstances.
Line: New England Revolution (-1/2) O/U: 2 1/2 (o: -125, u: -105)

Players to Watch
* Charlie Davies, New England Revolution ($8,300)
* Juan Agudelo, New England Revolution ($7,700)
* Jozy Altidore, Toronto FC ($8,600)
* Giovinco, Toronto FC ($10,300)


Portland Timbers @ Houston Dynamo
Game Analysis
The charging Timbers will travel to Houston this week to play Giles Barnes and the Houston Dynamo. Portland should be a team to watch for the rest of the season as they are nearing full squad strength. Last week, Diego Valeri scored his first goal in only his second game since returning from injury. As for Houston’s playmaker, Brad Davis is probable for today’s matchup with a hamstring injury, but make sure he is in the starting lineup before you place our trust in him this week. Both teams are coming off 2-1 wins last week, and will look to make it two in a row as they climb the Western Conference standings.
Line: (Pick) O/U: 2 1/2 (o: +105, u: -135)

Players to Watch
* Diego Valeri, Portland Timbers ($6,300)
* Rodney Wallace, Portland Timbers ($5,600)
* Giles Barnes, Houston Dynamo ($9,200)
* Boniek Garcia, Houston Dynamo ($6,200)


Colorado Rapids @ Sporting KC
Game Analysis
Although Sporting KC is the favorite in this matchup at home, they also were hit with injuries and will face a tough test this week against Colorado. Sporting KC will be without Graham Zusi and Chance Myers, as both will be out with injuries. Paulo Nagamura is also questionable with his back injury that kept him out in last weeks win. Unfortunately for both teams, neither one has a consistent scorer who they can rely on week in and week out. So far this season it has been Nemeth and Torres for their respective teams, but neither are over four goals on the season. With Sporting’s depleted midfield this week, Dillon Powers and Gabriel Torres should be able to control the game and create plenty of opportunities on goal.
Line: Sporting KC (-1/2) O/U: 2 1/2 (o: -105, u: -125)

Players to Watch
* Dillon Powers, Colorado Rapids ($7,400)
* Gabriel Torres, Colorado Rapids ($7,000)
* Roger Espinoza, Sporting KC ($6,400)
* Krisztain Nemeth, Sporting KC ($6,000)


Columbus Crew @ San Jose Earthquakes
Game Analysis
Another team that might be depleted by injuries this week are the highflying Columbus Crew. They may be without Will Trapp, Waylon Francis, and even Kei Kamara today as all are listed as questionable with injuries. Now I doubt that any of them will miss this important game against San Jose, but their statuses should at least be monitored as the lineups are announced. San Jose will also be missing some of their key pieces, with the likes of Steven Lenhart and Pierazzi, both absent from today’s squad. Columbus has proven week in and week out that they are one of the top teams in the MLS and they will once again have a chance to prove it.
Line: (Pick) O/U: 2 1/2 (o: +115, u: -150)

Players to Watch
* Kei Kamara, Columbus Crew ($9,500)
* Justin Meram, Columbus Crew ($7,100)
* Chris Wondolowski, San Jose Earthquake ($9,700)
* Sanna Nyassi, San Jose Earthquake ($7,000)