Friday has come upon us again and that means another weekend of great soccer. Today in our MLS Game Breakdown, we will look at two great matchups and analyze some injury concerns and potential breakout players for this upcoming slate of games.
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FC Dallas @ Houston Dynamo
Last week we saw both of these teams get a red card and eventually blow a lead late in the game to earn a draw. One positive from the Dynamo was the four goals they were able to score against the makeshift defense of Sporting KC. They also saw Will Bruin score his first goal of the season, but then lost Jermaine Taylor to a red card late in the second half. As for FC Dallas, they will be without leading scorer Blas Perez, after his outlandish red card he picked up late last week. Look for Fabian Castillo to continue his spectacular play, but with Blas Perez out, Tesho Akindele will likely step in and look to add to his two goals so far this season.
Line: (Pick) O/U: 2 1/2 (o: +105, u: -135)
Players to Watch
* Michel, FC Dallas ($4,400)
* Tesho Akindele, FC Dallas ($6,500)
* Brad Davis, Houston Dynamo ($8,300)
* Giles Barnes, Houston Dynamo ($8,200)
San Jose Earthquake @ Real Salt Lake
After the week off last week, San Jose will look to get back on track this week in Utah against Real Salt Lake. Real Salt Lake will likely be without playmaking midfielder Javier Morales for at least this week, but defensive leader Jamison Olave will return from his suspension in hopes to stop Chris Wondolowski and the Earthquake attack. These very similar teams have struggled to score goals so far this season and have been inconsistent defensively at times. I don’t expect much action in this game, but the winner (if any) will probably capitalize on set pieces.
Line: Real Salt Lake (-1/2) O/U: 2 (o: -165, u: +125)
Players to Watch
* Luis Gil, Real Salt Lake ($5,400)
* Jamison Olave, Real Salt Lake ($4,500)
* Matias Perez Garcia, San Jose Earthquake ($5,800)
* Clarence Goodson, San Jose Earthquake ($4,400)