Starting Friday night, there is a huge eight game MLS slate on DraftKings for everyones enjoyment. As we look at today’s MLS Game Breakdown I will also 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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FC Dallas @ Sporting KC
Game Analysis
The first match of the weekend will be Friday night in Kansas City. Sporting KC are falling fast and a loss would put them on the verge of missing the playoffs. Roger Espinoza will be out yet again with an injury, but Dom Dwyer lucked out and had his red card from last weekend rescinded. As for FC Dallas, they are on fire as of late and will be looking for their fourth straight win. Both Mauro Diaz and Dan Kennedy should be ready to play on Friday, but the question is will they even be put in the starting eleven with the form the current squad has been in during their absences. FC Dallas is the stronger team right now, but Sporting KC is desperate for a win and will have the advantage at home.
Line: Sporting KC (-1/2) O/U: 2 ½ (o: -120, u: Even)

Players to Watch
* Fabian Castillo, FC Dallas ($9,500)
* Tesho Akindele, FC Dallas ($4,900)
* Dom Dwyer, Sporting KC ($9,300)
* Kristian Nemeth, Sporting KC ($8,500)


Colorado Rapids @ Toronto FC
Game Analysis
Toronto FC returns home Saturday afternoon coming off a horrible loss midweek to New York City FC. Luckily they have what should be an easy matchup against the Colorado Rapids who struggle to score away from home. Jackson looks to still be out with injuries and Benoit Cheyrou is banged up as well, but is expected to feature in the midfield on Saturday. As for Colorado, Luis Solignac and Axel Sjoberg will both be out with their respective injuries. I expect Toronto FC to get back on track with the likes of Sebastian Giovinco and Michael Bradley leading the charge.
Line: Toronto FC (-1/2) O/U: 2 ½ (o: -115, u: -105)

Players to Watch
* Kevin Doyle, Colorado Rapids ($6,200)
* Dillon Powers, Colorado Rapids ($5,500)
* Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto FC ($13,600)
* Michael Bradley, Toronto FC ($8,000)


San Jose Earthquakes @ New York City FC
Game Analysis
Both San Jose and New York City FC picked up some much needed points midweek and both will look to move closer to a playoff spot this Saturday. The Earthquakes would have expected three points against a shorthanded Montreal Impact team at home, but they will take what they can get. Now that travel across the country on a short week against a hopeful New York City FC team. San Jose may also be without two key defenders in Jordan Stewart and Victor Bernardez who are out with injuries. As for New York City FC, they picked up a huge win midweek which saw Frank Lampard scored his first goal in MLS. Patrick Mullins scored a goal in David Villa’s absence, but Villa may be able to return on Saturday to provide even more of a boost to NYCFC. Expect them to feed off their recent win and their home crowd to pick up at least a point against San Jose.
Line: (Pick) O/U: 3 (o: +110, u: -130)

Players to Watch
* Chris Wondolowski, San Jose Earthquakes ($9,500)
* Shaun Francis, San Jose Earthquakes ($4,500)
* Frank Lampard, New York City FC ($5,700)
* David Villa, New York City FC ($13,000)


Columbus Crew @ DC United
Game Analysis
The third and fourth place teams in the Eastern Conference face off for a chance to jump to the top of the Eastern Conference standings. DC United return home this week where they are much better than on the road. They will also be able to play their strongest squad on Saturday with no key players injured or suspended. As for Columbus, their only injury concern is newly acquired Gaston Sauro who still has a concussion from a collision in his first MLS game. Both teams will come out flying on all cylinders in hopes to prove they are the best team in the East, but I think Bill Hamid makes the difference in this game. Hamid is clearly the best goalkeeper in MLS and he will face one of his toughest challenges on Saturday against the lethal attack of Kei Kamara, Federico Higuain, and Ethan Finlay.
Line: (Pick) O/U: 3 (o: +115, u: -140)

Players to Watch
* Kei Kamara, Columbus Crew ($11,100)
* Ethan Finlay, Columbus Crew ($8,000)
* Bill Hamid, DC United ($5,300)
* Fabian Espindola, DC United ($9,700)


Seattle Sounders @ Vancouver Whitecaps
Game Analysis
Vancouver returns home after a win last weekend for a chance to solidify their status as the top team in the Western Conference. The Whitecaps face a tough matchup against the Seattle Sounders and will have to play without their midfield rock, Matias Laba, who is suspended for Saturday’s game. As for Seattle, they received horrible news midweek after defender Roman Torres was declared out for the season with a knee injury he suffered last weekend. Nelson Valdez, Chad Barrett, and Chad Marshall are all questionable as well, but Brad Evans is expect to return to his role at centre back. Vancouver will be tough to beat at home, but Obafemi Martins and Clint Dempsey will have something to prove as they surge toward the playoffs.
Line: (Pick) O/U: 2 ½ (o: -115, u: -105)

Players to Watch
* Obafemi Martins, Seattle Sounders ($10,400)
* Clint Dempsey, Seattle Sounders ($10,200)
* Kekuta Manneh, Vancouver Whitecaps ($8,500)
* Octavio Rivero, Vancouver Whitecaps ($9,200)


New England Revolution @ Montreal Impact
Game Analysis
After picking up a huge point on the road midweek with a majority of their starting eleven missing, Montreal will now return home to face the FIRST PLACE New England Revolution in this Eastern Conference showdown. The Impact are expected to have Didier Drogba, Marco Donadel, Ignacio Piatti, and Evan Bush back in the starting lineup on Saturday. They will be much needed reinforcement as they face the red hot Revolution. New England has won six straight games and jumped ahead of New York for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. They will only be without London Woodberry who is out with a suspension. Expect Diego Fagundez and Lee Nguyen to continue their outstanding run of form, and they should be able to pick up at least a point against Montreal on Saturday.
Line: (Pick) O/U: 2 ½ (o: -125, u: -105)

Players to Watch
* Lee Nguyen, New England Revolution ($9,700)
* Diego Fagundez, New England Revolution ($6,900)
* Didier Drogba, Montreal Impact ($9,400)
* Ignacio Piatti, Montreal Impact($8,500)


Orlando City SC @ Chicago Fire
Game Analysis
In what is likely the least intriguing game of the weekend, the last place Chicago Fire will face an Orlando City SC team who are just barely holding onto their playoff hopes. Chicago have lost two straight games and will be without one of their few bright spots on Saturday as Matt Polster is suspended. It also won’t help that Kennedy Igboananike and Gilberto are listed as questionable, which will put even more pressure on David Accam to lead the attack. As for Orlando City SC, Kaka and Darwin Ceren are still questionable with injuries, but Corey Ashe should be able to make a return to the starting lineup. It will be interesting to see how Orlando City’s lineup will set up with Brek Shea’s return and assist last weekend. Orlando City is in must win mode, and this will be one they should win even away from home.
Line: Chicago Fire (-1) O/U: 2 ½ (o: -140, u: +115)

Players to Watch
* Cyle Larin, Orlando City SC ($8,700)
* Brek Shea, Orlando City SC ($3,700)
* David Accam, Chicago Fire ($7,300)
* Kennedy Igboananike, Chicago Fire ($7,500)


LA Galaxy @ Real Salt Lake
Game Analysis
Just when we thought the LA Galaxy might not lose another game this season, they go on a two game winless streak and now will travel to Salt Lake City for an always difficult road game. Real Salt Lake are basically out of the playoff picture in the West, but they would love to play spoiler against some of their biggest rivals. Juan Manuel Martinez (Burrito) made his first start for RSL last weekend and looked outstanding, linking with Javier Morales on multiple occasions. Sebastian Jaime and Luis Silva could also be returning from injuries, giving RSL some great options in attack. As for the LA Galaxy, they should be a full strength on Saturday with all of their key players available. This is a game the Galaxy fans are expecting to win, but I don’t think Real Salt Lake should be overlooked.
Line: LA Galaxy (-1/2) O/U: 2 ½ (o: -135, u: +110)

Players to Watch
* Robbie Keane, LA Galaxy ($11,300)
* Giovanni Dos Santos, LA Galaxy ($9,600)
* Juan Manuel Martinez, Real Salt Lake ($4,700)
* Javier Morales, Real Salt Lake ($9,300)