Happy 4th of July MLS fans! We have a nice Independence Day slate, so let’s get right to the players to target today. There are numerous absences due to Gold Cup call-ups, along with a handful of players who are questionable with lingering injuries. Be sure to watch for starting lineups and adjust your lineup if need be.  As always, I will be posting starting lineups on Twitter (@FantasySoccerFC) as they become available – usually an hour before kickoff. Here are the players I am targeting:

Saturday’s Contests

MLS Striker – $3 entry

Goalkeeper

Jeff Attinella – $3,000 – Real Salt Lake – The backup will get the nod tonight with usual starter Nick Rimando out on international duty. In two games started Attinella has turned in a pair of double digit performances. At $3,000 he should be a popular play with a good matchup against an Orlando City attack that struggles on the road.

Brian Rowe – $3,700 – LA Galaxy – Another value play at home, Rowe will get the start tonight with Jaime Penedo away at the Gold Cup. Toronto FC are missing a handful of players to Gold Cup as well, namely lead striker Jozy Altidore. While there aren’t many stats to back up Rowe due to lack of action, the Galaxy have won their last two home games by a combined score of 10-1.

Others to Consider – Clint Irwin (Colorado Rapids; $4,000), Evan Bush (Montreal Impact; $4,800), Steve Clark (Columbus Crew; $5,000)

Defender

Chris Tierney – $5,600 – New England Revolution –  Tierney showcased his crossing ability last game, swinging in 12 crosses to collect 12 DraftKings points. With that kind of upside just from crosses alone, Tierney is always at the top of my defender targets.

Waylon Francis – $4,700 – Columbus Crew – While Francis posted a goose-egg last game, he’s back in the mix as a defender to target on this slate. He had a 16 point outburst two games ago and is back at home tonight.

Ambroise Oyongo – $3,600 – Montreal Impact The defender has played a part in the Montreal attack of late, even scoring a goal two games ago. He’s not known for his crosses but has been getting himself in good positions to fire off shots. I like his chances to continue to play a role on offense tonight.

Others to Consider – Michel (FC Dallas; $3,800), Dan Gargan (LA Galaxy; $4,200), Connor Lade (NY Red Bulls; $2,200)

Midfielder

Javier Morales – $8,900 – Real Salt Lake – Javi Mo saw red last time he was on the field, drawing a red card just 40 minutes into the game. Before that his three game log was 24/9/18 points – highlighting what you can expect when rostering the Salt Lake playmaker.

Federico Higuain – $8,500 – Columbus Crew – Two goals and an assist over his last three has helped the Argentine to double-digit fantasy outings in three of his last four. I expect this game to be wide-open, which favors Higuain’s attacking style and fantasy production.

Ignacio Piatti – $7,200 – Montreal Impact – The Impact attacking cog is averaging 10 FPPG, and is coming off a 20 point game last weekend. At $7,200 at home against a squad NY Red Bulls just ripped apart, Piatti is a fine target in the midfield.

Others to Consider – Kaka (Orlando City SC; $11,000), Mauro Diaz (FC Dallas; $7,600), Ethan Finlay (Columbus Crew; $7,000), Felipe Martins (New York Red Bulls; $6,200), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution; $7,900)

Forward

Kei Kamara – $9,100 – Columbus Crew – Kamara leads the league in goals (12), yet is priced lower than seven other Forwards today. As noted above, I’m looking for goals to be scored and believe Kei will be involved.

Robbie Keane – $10,200 – LA Galaxy – Keano is back with three consecutive double-digit fantasy outings – including a 32 point and 18 point outburst. With Zardes away at Gold Cup, and Alan Gordon suspended, the 2015 MVP will be asked to continue to carry the Galaxy attack in a good matchup at home vs. Toronto FC tonight.

Sebastian Giovinco – $11,300 – Toronto FC – The diminutive Italian has rattled off 22 shots in his last two games and continues to be an absolute fantasy monster. Now that Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore are gone, look for Giovinco to keep racking up the fantasy points in bulk.

Others to Consider – Bradley Wright-Phillips (New York Red Bulls; $10,400), Fabian Castillo (FC Dallas; $10,300), David Villa (New York City FC, $10,900), Jack McInerney (Montreal Impact; $6,700)

Flex Appeal

Dominic Oduro – $5,700 – Montreal Impact – Anytime he takes the field he’s a threat to outrun the last line of defense and score a goal. Oduro is arguably the fastest player in MLS. The Birdman got the start last game, and though he tallied a putrid one point, I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt in that the game was played in a monsoon. With Montreal short of options in the attack, i’m hoping he gets a start at home tonight to show what he’s capable of.

Luis Solignac – $4,200 – Colorado Rapids –  The Argentine was brought in to score goals, and while he hasn’t done that yet, he’s certainly been knocking at the doorstep. He has 7+ DK points in three straight games, with the majority of his point haul coming from Shots and Shots on Goal. The coming out party is just around the corner, and i’m hoping he brings the fireworks tonight.