What can I say other than I wish MLS played seven game slates on a daily basis. The entertainment started and ended with plenty of goals being scored. As we look at today’s MLS Game Breakdown I will let you know who I expect to score more goals, 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.
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New York Red Bulls @ Seattle Sounders
Two of the tops teams in the league face off in the early game today, as we end a huge weekend in Major League Soccer. Seattle loves playing at home in front of their 40,000 plus fans and I expect them to get a huge boost from the crowd as usual. The Red Bulls may be without two of their defenders for this game as Kemar Lawrence and Damien Perrinelle are both day-to-day with injuries. Obafemi Martins is back and fully healthy, as the Sounders attack will be firing on all cylinders once again. Seattle defense has also been stout so far this season, only giving up nine goals in twelve games. If Seattle gets on the board early, New York might not be able to recover.
Line: Seattle Sounders (-1/2) O/U: 2 1/2 (o:+105 , u:-135)
Players to Watch
* Stefan Frei, Seattle Sounders ($5,300)
* Obafemi Martins, Seattle Sounders ($9,800)
* Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York Red Bulls ($10,100)
* Lloyd Sam, New York Red Bulls ($7,600)
LA Galaxy @ New England Revolution
The New England Revolution are winless in their last four matches and last week their team fell apart. Although they did earn the draw, they lost Lee Nguyen and Chris Tierney to red cards. Both will be suspended for this match against the Galaxy, opening up potential playing time for Kelyn Rowe, Kevin Alston, and Jeremy Hall. LA Galaxy are also dealing with their own issues as Robbie Rogers, AJ DeLaGarza, and Todd Dunivant are all in doubt with a variety of injuries. With all the shuffling in defense for both teams, the potent offenses must take advantage. If Robbie Keane is ready to play 90 minutes, then I expect him to get on the scoresheet at least once.
Line: (Pick) O/U: 2 1/2 (o:EVEN , u:-130 )
Players to Watch
* Robbie Keane, LA Galaxy ($9,000)
* Stefan Ishizaki, LA Galaxy ($8,200)
* Charlie Davies, New England Revolution ($9,400)
* Kelyn Rowe, New England Revolution ($6,700)