With only one game on tonight, the first fantasy contest of weekend will carry over to a few of the games tomorrow afternoon. Expect those games to also be included in tomorrow’s MLS Game Breakdown as we have a a couple of games that will be used in multiple contests. As usually today’s MLS Game Breakdown will analyze some injury concerns and potential breakout players for all three of the games in this contest.
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FC Dallas @ Sporting KC
The opening match of this huge weekend in MLS starts off in Kansas City as FC Dallas face a tough task to stay near the top of the Western Conference. Sporting KC has earned a point in each of their last five matches, something FC Dallas did as well before their loss last week to Montreal. For Sporting KC it looks like Roger Espinoza is ready to return from injury, but they may face a huge blow as the status of Dom Dwyer is in question. FC Dallas will also be facing a huge injury concern as it looks like star forward, Fabian Castillo, will miss tonight’s match with an undisclosed injury. With the star forwards in doubt, I expect other goals scorers such as Krisztian Nemeth and Tesho Akindele to step up.
Line: Sporting KC (-1/2) O/U: 2 1/2 (o:-105 , u:-125 )
Players to Watch
* Tesho Akindele, FC Dallas ($5,600)
* Mauro Diaz, FC Dallas ($8,600)
* Krisztian Nemeth, Sporting KC ($5,800)
* Benny Feilhaber, Sporting KC ($7,800)
San Jose Earthquakes @ Toronto FC
In Toronto’s first full game without Jozy Altidore, their other star took over the game as expected. Sebastian Giovinco scored a stunning goal in the opening minutes of the game last week and Portland was never able to respond. As long as Giovinco, Bradley and company stay healthy Toronto should continue to be competitive. Although that shouldn’t worry San Jose, as they are another one of those teams who have earned a point in each of the last five matches. Chris Wondolowski scored his 100th MLS goal last week and I highly doubt it will be his last. Toronto can be very shaky at the back and expect San Jose’s attack to feast on that.
Line: Toronto FC (-1/2) O/U: 2 1/2 (o:+115 , u:-150)
Players to Watch
* Giovinco, Toronto FC ($10,400)
* Luke Moore, Toronto FC ($3,900)
* Chris Wondolowski, San Jose Earthquakes ($10,200)
* Shea Sailinas, San Jose Earthquakes ($5,400)
Real Salt Lake @ Vancouver Whitecaps
Vancouver will look to end their two game losing streak this week as they return home against Real Salt Lake. The will have a tough task though as they come up against a RSL team that is finally getting healthy. Last week both Javier Morales and Joao Plata appeared as late substitutes as they inch closer to full strength. Although they were able to pull off the win last week, they lost their defensive leader Jamison Olave once again to a red card. Expect Vancouver to take full advantage of his absence, especially Octavio Rivero. As for any injuries to note of, both teams are fairly healthy, but monitor the status of everyone as lineups are announced before the game.
Line: Vancouver Whitecaps (-1) O/U: 2 1/2 (o:+120 , u:-155 )
Players to Watch
* Javier Morales, Real Salt Lake ($7,800)
* Luke Mulholland, Real Salt Lake ($5,700)
* Octavio Rivero, Vancouver Whitecaps ($9,100)
* Pedro Morales, Vancouver Whitecaps ($8,200)