Saturday’s slate of MLS games includes a mid-afternoon clash between Toronto FC and Chicago. The theme of Saturday is that the home teams look to be heavy favorites in all six games, but one can never predict what will happen this year in Major League Soccer. 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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Chicago Fire @ Toronto FC
Game Analysis
Toronto FC picked up a crucial win last weekend as they try to fend off the surging Montreal Impact in the Eastern Conference. Luckily they should have an easy game on Saturday against the last place Chicago Fire who are on a four game losing streak. Toronto FC will be without Mark Bloom on Saturday and Jackson, Ashtone Morgan, and Clement Simonin are all questionable with injuries. As for Chicago, they have all the same injury concerns as last weekend with Sean Johnson, Eric Gehrig, and Adailton all out for the season. Expect Sebastian Giovinco to add to his MVP campaign and tack onto his attempted shots record that he is going to shatter. It wouldn’t surprise anyone if Giovinco picked up multiple goals and if you can fit him into your lineup given his high price, then you must do it.
Line: Toronto FC (-1) O/U: 3 (o: -120, u: Even)

Players to Watch
* Michael Bradley, Toronto FC ($8,000)
* Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto FC ($14,000)
* Kennedy Igboananike, Chicago Fire ($7,400)
* David Accam, Chicago Fire ($7,500)


DC United @ Montreal Impact
Game Analysis
Montreal earned impressive back to back wins and look more likely to secure the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Since Didier Drogba has joined the Impact, they have looked like a completely different team. Unfortunately one of the best defenders in the league, Laurent Ciman, was once again shown a red card and will be out for Saturday’s game. Montreal will also be without Justin Mapp and Patrice Bernier, but they are still the heavy favorite at home. As for DC United, they are winless in their last five matches, but still look like the favorites to secure the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference. They will have a very difficult matchup on Saturday and will have to do it without Perry Kitchen who is suspended. DC United signed Chris Rolfe to an extension this week and will hope to spark the play of him and the entire team as they look to upset the surging Montreal Impact.
Line: Montreal Impact (-1) O/U: 3 (o: Even, u: -120)

Players to Watch
* Chris Rolfe, DC United ($7,900)
* Fabian Espindola, DC United ($10,000)
* Didier Drogba, Montreal Impact ($9,600)
* Andres Romero, Montreal Impact ($8,500)


Philadelphia Union @ New England Revolution
Game Analysis
The Revolution are firmly secured in a playoff spot and will have another great opportunity to pick up three more points on Saturday at home against Philadelphia. Although they lost last weekend in Montreal, they return home where they have only lost once this season. Their only injury concern is still Darius Barnes, as the rest of the team will be healthy and ready to go on Saturday. As for the Union, they will be without Andrew Wenger, Fernando Aristeguieta, and Brian Sylvestre on Saturday as they try to play spoiler in the Eastern Conference. Expect the Revolution to cruise to a victory against the Union and keep pace with New York near the top of the East.
Line: New England Revolution (-1) O/U: 2 ½ (o: -140, u: +115)

Players to Watch
* CJ Sapong, Philadelphia Union ($7,700)
* Cristian Maidana, Philadelphia Union ($9,200)
* Lee Nguyen, New England Revolution ($9,800)
* Diego Fagundez, New England Revolution ($7,000)


Portland Timbers @ Columbus Crew
Game Analysis
The Crew have won four of their last five games and have moved right behind the New York Red Bulls near the top of the Eastern Conference. They return home this Saturday where they have been outstanding and are facing a Portland Timbers team who are winless in their last four games and in danger of dropping out of a playoff spot in the West. The only injury concerns for the Crew are Waylon Francis and Jack McInerney who are questionable with injuries. Gaston Sauro looks to have recovered from his concussion and might be able to join the starting lineup. As for Portland, they have no injury concerns going into Saturday night’s game. They will find it very difficult to pick up any points in Columbus, but they will need to find a way if they want to fend off San Jose in the Western Conference.
Line: Columbus Crew (-1/2) O/U: 2 ½ (o: -140, u: +115)

Players to Watch
* Diego Valeri, Portland Timbers ($10,300)
* Lucas Melano, Portland Timbers ($7,000)
* Kei Kamara, Columbus Crew ($11,400)
* Ethan Finlay, Columbus Crew ($8,000)


Colorado Rapids @ Houston Dynamo
Game Analysis
Houston go into Saturday evening as heavy favorites over the last play Colorado Rapids in the Western Conference. The Dynamo picked up a much needed win last weekend and will need to continue to win if they want to move into a playoff spot. They will also be without Oscar Boniek Garcia who filled in defensively last weekend and was shown a red card late in the match. As for Colorado, Axel Sjoberg is questionable with an injury but is expected to be available. Dillon Powers finally played a full 90 minutes last weekend and scored in their defeat. Expect him to retain his place in the starting eleven as he attempts to salvage something from this season and prove he could play in Europe.
Line: Houston Dynamo (-1) O/U: 2 ½ (o: Even, u: -125)

Players to Watch
* Dillon Powers, Colorado Rapids ($5,700)
* Kevin Doyle, Colorado Rapids ($6,000)
* Will Bruin, Houston Dynamo ($7,100)
* Brad Davis, Houston Dynamo ($8,800)


New York City FC @ Vancouver Whitecaps
Game Analysis
New York City FC’s recent two game win streak has given them hope in the Eastern Conference, but they are still five points out of the final playoff spot. They now have to travel north of the border for a very difficult clash against Vancouver. NYCFC will be without Sebastian Velasquez and Chris Wingert who are both suspended. They also have injury concerns with Iraola, Javier Calle, and Connor Brandt all doubtful with injuries. As for Vancouver, key starters Pedro Morales and Steven Beitashour are both questionable with injuries but are expected to play late on Saturday. Vancouver are heavy favorites for good reason as they should pick up at least one point against New York City FC.
Line: Vancouver Whitecaps (-1) O/U: 3 (o: -115, u: -105)

Players to Watch
* David Villa, New York City FC ($12,900)
* Thomas McNamara, New York City FC ($6,300)
* Kekuta Manneh, Vancouver Whitecaps ($8,400)
* Octavio Rivero, Vancouver Whitecaps ($9,000)