Chivas USA-Earthquakes Preview
The San Jose Earthquakes are one of two teams yet to win a home
game. The other – Chivas USA – hasn’t won at all, and both teams
have lacked offense this season.
The clubs meet Saturday in San Jose looking to bounce back from
their recent struggles.
The Earthquakes (1-1-2) fell 3-0 to New York last Saturday,
ending a three-match unbeaten streak. Coach Frank Yallop said
mistakes led to the defeat, which marked the second time his squad
was shut out this season.
Chris Wondolowski has scored two of San Jose’s five goals, which
rank 16th in MLS.
“The first two (goals) that killed the game off were basically
our poor play,” Yallop told the league’s official website. “You’ve
got to cut out the silly mistakes, especially in a game like this.
I think that we’ll find out what we’re made of mentally, because
we’ve got to now perform. We’ve got to win against Chivas.”
San Jose is winless in four home games dating back to their last
victory at Buck Shaw Stadium – a 3-0 win against Chivas on Oct. 20
when Wondolowski netted a hat trick.
The Earthquakes have allowed the first goal in four of five
matches, and five of their seven goals allowed have come in the
first half. No MLS team has won this season after allowing the
Yallop expects San Jose to be aggressive from the start.
“I like to think we’re going to come out flying and try to get
that first goal that’s eluded us at home so far in the three
games,” Yallop said. “We’ve got to make sure we break them down,
score our goal, or score first if we can and get a result.”
Chivas (0-2-3) ranks last with three goals scored, but it’s also
prevented its opponents from scoring recently.
Chivas hasn’t allowed a goal in 234 minutes after back-to-back
scoreless draws against Columbus on April 9 and Vancouver last
Saturday. It marked the first time Chivas recorded consecutive
shutouts since Oct. 3-10, 2009, with goalkeeper Dan Kennedy making
four saves over the two games.
However, Chivas hasn’t scored since Alejandro Moreno’s goal in
the 2nd minute of a 1-all draw April 2 against Toronto FC and hopes
to avoid being shut out for three consecutive games for the first
time since July 11-Aug. 8, 2009.
Despite going 0-5-3 in the last eight matches dating back to
last season, Chivas coach Robin Fraser said he’s optimistic about
“For a team that is young and building, we continue to see more
and more positives,” Fraser said. “In every game that we’ve played
this year, we’ve had stretches of possession and we’ve dominated at
times, but we struggle to turn possession into good chances.”
Chivas is 0-6-3 in its last nine road games and hasn’t won away
from home since a 2-0 victory July 10 in Kansas City.