Sunday’s three game MLS slate has plenty of big names and goal scorers to choose from. 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.

Sunday’s Contests

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Seattle Sounders @ Sporting KC
Game Analysis
Seattle and Kansas City sit in fourth and fifth place in the Western Conference and both would love to be able to solidify their playoff hopes. Seattle has won three of their last four games and that is largely due to the return of Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins. Erik Friberg is questionable with an injury but newcomer Andreas Ivanschitz started last week and scored his first MLS goal. As for Sporting KC, two of their top players are suspended as Benny Feilhaber and Matt Besler will both be out of action. That will put more responsibility on Dom Dwyer and the Sporting attack to carry the team on Sunday. Expect the Sounders to take advantage of Belser’s absence and they should score a few goals because of it.
Line: (Pick) O/U: 2 ½ (o: -115, u: -105)

Players to Watch
* Obafemi Martins, Seattle Sounders ($10,400)
* Clint Dempsey, Seattle Sounders ($10,100)
* Dom Dwyer, Sporting KC ($9,400)
* Kristian Nemeth, Sporting KC ($8,400)


Real Salt Lake @ San Jose Earthquakes
Game Analysis
This is a must win game for San Jose as they must keep pace with Houston and Portland for the final spot in the Western Conference. San Jose will be missing their defensive leader in Clarence Goodson, who will likely join Jordan Stewart and Victor Bernardez on the sideline. That is a ton of talent San Jose will be missing in defense and the resurgent Real Salt Lake attack will attempt to benefit from that. RSL has won three out of their last four and Juan Manuel Martinez has been outstanding since he entered the starting lineup. Their only injury concerns are both Demar Phillips and Luis Silva who are questionable with injuries. Expect San Jose to do everything in their power to pick up at least a point on Sunday, but it will be difficult with their missing pieces in defense.
Line: San Jose Earthquakes (-1/2) O/U: 2 ½ (o: -120, u: Even)

Players to Watch
* Juan Manuel Martinez, Real Salt Lake ($5,400)
* Javier Morales, Real Salt Lake ($9,500)
* Chris Wondolowski, San Jose Earthquakes ($9,500)
* Matias Perez Garcia, San Jose Earthquakes ($7,300)


FC Dallas @ LA Galaxy
Game Analysis
FC Dallas and the Galaxy are both chasing the Vancouver Whitecaps at the top of the Western Conference and a win will propel either to the top of the standings. FC Dallas have a couple of injuries to worry about with Mauro Diaz, Kellyn Acosta, and Dan Kennedy all questionable with respective injuries. Also Bakary Soumare is doubtful with a concussion, leaving FC Dallas to rely on their young players yet again in a very difficult environment. The Galaxy return home as the heavy favorites and have no major injuries to worry about and should cruise to a victory Sunday evening.
Line: LA Galaxy (-1) O/U: 3 (o: Even, u: -120)

Players to Watch
* Tesho Akindele, FC Dallas ($4,800)
* Fabian Castillo, FC Dallas ($9,300)
* Robbie Keane, LA Galaxy ($11,300)
* Giovani Dos Santos, LA Galaxy ($9,600)