Decision Day is here in Major League Soccer and there are still five spots up for grab in the Audi 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs. Along with the available spots, there are still first round byes and the Supporters’ Shield up for grabs, meaning every game will be very important on Sunday. 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.


Toronto FC @ Montreal Impact

Game Analysis

Montreal still has a long shot to finish third and earn a home game in the Knockout Round, but they must win on Sunday against Toronto FC for any chance. As for Toronto FC, they are still in contention for an automatic berth in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, but will need a win over Montreal and also a draw between Columbus and DC United. Luckily, both teams are fairly healthy, with Andres Romero being the most significant player on the injury list after he suffered a season ending injury a few weeks ago. Expect this star studded match to not disappoint as both teams are still fighting for a better position in the Eastern Conference.

Line: (Pick) O/U: 2 ½ (o: +105, u: -125)

Players to Watch

  • Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto FC ($14,200)
  • Michael Bradley, Toronto FC ($7,700)
  • Ignacio Piatti, Montreal Impact ($8,000)
  • Didier Drogba, Montreal Impact ($10,800)


DC United @ Columbus Crew

Game Analysis

Although both teams have already secured a spot in the playoffs, both would love a win to clinch an automatic berth to the semifinals. They are both coming off wins last week, but DC United is riding a two game win streak and stay hot as they go into the playoffs. DC United will have the upper hand going into the match, with no injuries or suspensions to note. It’s a completely different story for Columbus as Kei Kamara and Federico Higuain are both suspended for Sunday. Jack McInerney is also listed as questionable with a hamstring injury, but expect him and Cedrick to get the start in place of the suspended stars. Columbus will have the obvious edge at home, but DC United will be much more confident given the missing players for the Crew.

Line: (Pick) O/U: 3 (o: +110, u: -130)

Players to Watch

  • Fabian Espindola, DC United ($10,100)
  • Alvaro Saborio, DC United ($7,500)
  • Jack McInerney, Columbus Crew ($5,400)
  • Ethan Finlay, Columbus Crew ($7,700)


New England Revolution @ New York City FC

Game Analysis

This is a huge game for New England, as they sit in pretty good shape for the sixth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. They clinch with a win or draw against NYCFC on Sunday, but Orlando City must also win by eight goals if they want a chance to make the playoffs. The Revolution still remain very healthy, which is key heading into the playoffs, but they have only earned one point out of their last four games. As for NYCFC, Ned Grabavoy, Andrea Pirlo and Iraola all show up as questionable on the injury report. It also will be interesting to see if Poku gets one last chance as he surely would want a move away from the team if they continue to short him of opportunities moving forward.

Line: (Pick) O/U: 2 ½ (o: -110, u: -110)

Players to Watch

  • Lee Nguyen, New England Revolution ($9,700)
  • Chris Tierney, New England Revolution ($6,700)
  • David Villa, New York City FC ($12,300)
  • Frank Lampard, New York City FC ($6,600)


Orlando City SC @ Philadelphia Union

Game Analysis

Although not impossible, Orlando City SC will need to win by at least eight goals to even have a chance to make the playoffs on Decision Day. Fortunately they are red hot, winning five in a row and going up against the worst team in the league when it comes to goal differential. Orlando City’s only key injury is fullback Rafael Ramos who is questionable with a head injury. Even better news for Orlando City as they still hold hope, is that both Maurice Edu and Steven Vitoria will not be able to lead the Union defense as Vitoria is suspended and Edu is still out with an injury. Expect both Kaka and Cyle Larin to have monster games as Orlando City must score goals if they want any chance at all to continue their inaugural season.

Line: (Pick) O/U: 2 ½ (o: Even, u: -120)

Players to Watch

  • Kaka, Orlando City SC ($10,500)
  • Cyle Larin, Orlando City SC ($9,200)
  • C.J. Sapong, Philadelphia Union ($7,400)
  • Cristian Maidana, Philadelphia Union ($8,400)


New York Red Bulls @ Chicago Fire

Game Analysis

The Red Bulls have basically clinched everything but the Supporters’ Shield, which they can clinch with a win and FC Dallas tie/loss against San Jose. The MLS decided to change the game time so that the Red Bulls and FC Dallas will now be starting at the same time to only enhance the drama that is to come. Expect the Red Bulls to play a full strength squad on Sunday, even if they are facing the worst team in the Eastern Conference. If guys like Bradley Wright-Phillips, Lloyd Sam, Mike Grella, and Sacha Kljestan start, then all four should be considered in lineups on Sunday.

Line: New York Red Bulls (-1/2) O/U: 2 ½ (o: -130, u: +105)

Players to Watch

  • Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York Red Bulls ($12,200)
  • Mike Grella, New York Red Bulls ($7,500)
  • Gilberto, Chicago Fire ($7,600)
  • David Accam, Chicago Fire ($8,200)


Real Salt Lake @ Seattle Sounders

Game Analysis

The Sounders can clinch a playoff spot with a win, but they are still in good position even if they were to lose or draw. They are favorites for good reason, as their home field advantage is well documented and Real Salt Lake are one of the worst teams in the league. The Sounders main injury concerns are Marco Pappa and Nelson Valdez who are both questionable for Sunday’s game. As for Real Salt Lake, they will look to play spoiler on Sunday but they will be without Kyle Beckerman who is suspended. Expect the Sounders stars to show up and carry them into the playoffs with a win on Sunday.

Line: Seattle Sounders (-1) O/U: 2 ½ (o: +105, u: -130)

Players to Watch

  • Joao Plata, Real Salt Lake ($6,800)
  • Javier Morales, Real Salt Lake ($9,600)
  • Obafemi Martins, Seattle Sounders ($10,600)
  • Clint Dempsey, Seattle Sounders ($10,200)


LA Galaxy @ Sporting KC

Game Analysis

Sporting KC sit in the sixth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, but a terrible home loss midweek has left the door wide open for San Jose who sit just one point behind going into Decision Day. With a win they are in, but any other result and San Jose have a great chance to jump them in the standings. Sporting KC did receive a huge boost with Roger Espinoza and Ike Opara returning to training as both hope to contribute on Sunday and beyond. As for the LA Galaxy, they must still play a full strength squad as they hope to clinch an automatic berth to the Semifinals. Sporting KC are favorites at home, but after their performance against Colorado midweek, this game is not a sure thing.

Line: Sporting KC (-1/2) O/U: 2 ½ (o: -135, u: +110)

Players to Watch

  • Robbie Keane, LA Galaxy ($11,700)
  • Giovani Dos Santos, LA Galaxy ($9,800)
  • Dom Dwyer, Sporting KC ($9,600)
  • Benny Feilhaber, Sporting KC ($9,200)


Colorado Rapids @ Portland Timbers

Game Analysis

Portland is also one of the four teams fighting for the final three spots in the Western Conference playoff race. A win at home will clinch a playoff spot for Portland as they will likely play the Sounders in the Knockout Round. Unfortunately, Diego Valeri will be suspend and they have injuries concerns to both Will Johnson and Jack Jewsbury which might keep them out of Sunday’s match. As for Colorado, they picked up a solid win midweek against Sporting KC and will look to end the season on a two game winning streak. Sam Cronin is suspended for Colorado and their young star, Dillon Serna, is questionable with a hamstring injury. Portland should run away with this game as they will rally behind the Timbers Army.

Line: Portland Timbers (-1) O/U: 2 ½ (o: -125, u: +105)

Players to Watch

  • Dillon Powers, Colorado Rapids ($5,500)
  • Luis Solignac, Colorado Rapids ($4,900)
  • Fanendo Adi, Portland Timbers ($9,500)
  • Darlington Nagbe, Portland Timbers ($6,600)


Houston Dynamo @ Vancouver Whitecaps

Game Analysis

Vancouver will look to clinch a bye for the Knockout Round, but will need a win at home against Houston. Vancouver will likely look to get healthy as they go into the playoffs with Mauro Rosales, Pedro Morales, and Cristian Techera all questionable with injuries. Also they will be shorthanded in defense with Pa-Modou Kah suspended for Sunday. As for Houston, they may finally have Jermaine Taylor back in the mix and maybe this is the week that Erick Torres finally gets the start up top. Vancouver will be torn between winning and resting their team heading into the playoffs, so it will be interesting to see how they lineup on Sunday.

Line: Vancouver Whitecaps (-1) O/U: 2 ½ (o: -140, u: +115)

Players to Watch

  • Will Bruin, Houston Dynamo ($7,100)
  • Brad Davis, Houston Dynamo ($8,300)
  • Kekuta Manneh, Vancouver Whitecaps ($8,700)
  • Octavio Rivero, Vancouver Whitecaps ($8,300)


San Jose Earthquakes @ FC Dallas

Game Analysis

In what is likely the biggest game on Decision Day, FC Dallas have a chance to win the Supporters’ Shield with a win, while San Jose must win to stay in contention for a playoff spot in the Western Conference. FC Dallas are in pretty good shape, with only Kellyn Acosta on the injury list with a hamstring strain. As for San Jose, they will once again rely on Chris Wondolowski, Quincy Amarikwa, and Matias Perez Garcia for one last chance to make a push for the playoffs. Anibal Godoy is suspended for Sunday’s match, but San Jose does have the depth to cover for him. This game is a toss up, but home field advantage may play a huge role on Sunday.

Line: FC Dallas (-1) O/U: 2 ½ (o: +110, u: -135)

Players to Watch

  • Chris Wondolowski, San Jose Earthquakes ($9,300)
  • Quincy Amarikwa, San Jose Earthquakes ($7,500)
  • Fabian Castillo, FC Dallas ($9,400)
  • Mauro Diaz, FC Dallas ($9,600)