Another very important midweek slate includes plenty of key players who may be out of action. As we look at today’s MLS Game Breakdown I will be analyzing some injury concerns and look for potential breakout players. Also follow me on Twitter (@jwl_15) for injury and lineup updates throughout the day.
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New York Red Bulls @ Toronto FC
Toronto FC will face the top team in the Eastern Conference on Wednesday, but may be without all three of their designated players. Sebastian Giovinco, Jozy Altidore, and Michael Bradley were all away on international duty, but Giovinco has been itching to get back in time to play. Expect them to at least be on the bench to start the match, but that will make their task that much more difficult against the Red Bulls. As for New York, they will be without Matt Miazga who is still suspended and may also be without Lloyd Sam and Kemar Lawrence as they return from international duty. Expect the Red Bulls depth to play a huge role on Wednesday and they will have a chance to steal more points away from home especially if Giovinco and company are out of action.
Line: (Pick) O/U: 3 (o: -120, u: Even)
Players to Watch
* Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York Red Bulls ($12,200)
* Sacha Kljestan, New York Red Bulls ($9,700)
* Marco Delgado, Toronto FC ($7,900)
* Michael Bradley, Toronto FC ($5,400)
Vancouver Whitecaps @ FC Dallas
Although both teams have clinched their place in the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs, they are still fighting for the top spot in the Western Conference. FC Dallas will be depleted due to the international break, with Fabian Castillo, Coy Craft, Moises Hernandez, and Alex Zendejas all in doubt. They also have injury concerns to Dan Kennedy, Stephen Keel, Bakary Soumare, and Kellyn Acosta that may keep them out of Wednesday’s match. As for Vancouver, they are going to be hurt by the international break as well with Kendall Waston, Sam Adekugbe, and Marco Bastos away with their national teams. They also have slight injury concerns with both Pedro Morales and Nicolas Mezquida, but expect both to impact the game at some point. FC Dallas continue to be one of the top teams at home and will need Mauro Diaz to play well if they want to keep it up against Vancouver.
Line: FC Dallas (-1) O/U: 2 ½ (o: -120, u: Even)
Players to Watch
* Mauro Diaz, FC Dallas ($9,200)
* David Texeira, FC Dallas ($6,300)
* Kekuta Manneh, Vancouver Whitecaps ($8,400)
* Octavio Rivero, Vancouver Whitecaps ($8,200)
Portland Timbers @ Real Salt Lake
Real Salt Lake will look to play spoiler on Wednesday as Portland travel to Utah in hopes to push ahead of San Jose for the final playoff spot out West. Real Salt Lake will be missing Demar Phillips who is suspended and Chris Shuler who continues to be out with a foot injury. Javier Morales is questionable as well with a hip injury but is expect to recover in time to play. As for Portland, they are near full strength as they come into a must win game away from their beloved home crowd. Will Johnson will be out as he is dealing with a foot injury, but they hope Jack Jewsbury will be able to recover from his foot injury in time to make an impact on Wednesday. RSL are very beatable even at home and expect Portland to give all they have in order to pick up a crucial three points.
Line: (Pick) O/U: 2 ½ (o: -115, u: -105)
Players to Watch
* Diego Valeri, Portland Timbers ($10,000)
* Fernando Adi, Portland Timbers ($9,000)
* Joao Plata, Real Salt Lake ($6,900)
* Javier Morales, Real Salt Lake ($9,900)