The MLS season is winding down and another international break is upon us, but there is still a small two game slate Wednesday evening. 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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Montreal Impact @ New York Red Bulls
The Red Bulls are one of the two teams in MLS to have clinched a playoff spot, but don’t expect them to bow down to any of their opponents. Montreal are one point clear of a playoff spot with two games in hand, but need points to make life easier as the season comes to a close. Montreal lost last week as Didier Drogba was left out of the starting lineup due to his concerns about playing on turf. Montreal will be with Johan Venegas this week as he is on international duty. The rest of their starting eleven is fit and should be ready to go on Wednesday. As for the Red Bulls, Matt Miazga will be out once again due to suspension, but he is also on international duty with the U-23 USMNT. Expect the rest of the Red Bulls starting lineup to be as normal, but don’t be surprised if they try to start working Gonzalo Veron or Shaun Wright-Phillips into the squad with the playoff spot clinched already.
Line: New York Red Bulls (-1) O/U: 3 (o: -115, u: -110)
Players to Watch
* Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York Red Bulls ($12,100)
* Lloyd Sam, New York Red Bulls ($8,400)
* Ignacio Piatti, Montreal Impact ($8,000)
* Didier Drogba, Montreal Impact ($10,400)
FC Dallas @ Vancouver Whitecaps
Vancouver returns home against FC Dallas on Wednesday in hopes to catch FC Dallas who they are trailing by onlyone point in the standings. The Whitecaps are winless in their last three games and will hope to put an end to that streak. They will be without Kendall Waston who is on international duty, and Nicolas Mezquida who is in doubt with an injury. As for FC Dallas, they will be without their most dangerous player on Wednesday as Fabian Castillo is with Columbia on international duty. Both teams will be pressing for a huge win to help secure their place in the Western Conference playoffs, so I expect this match to be played very conservatively.
Line: (Pick) O/U: 2 ½ (o: -125, u: +105)
Players to Watch
* Mauro Diaz, FC Dallas ($9,000)
* David Texeira, FC Dallas ($6,000)
* Kekuta Manneh, Vancouver Whitecaps ($8,700)
* Pedro Morales, Vancouver Whitecaps ($7,600)