Chivas USA-Rapids Preview

After losing by four goals its last time out, Chivas USA will

try to bounce back in a place where it last fell by that


Chivas goes on the road Saturday night to try to end a six-game

winless stretch against the Colorado Rapids, who could have Conor

Casey back in the lineup after a two-game absence.

No team has played fewer games than Chivas USA (7-9-5), which

sits in seventh place in the Western Conference with 26 points – 11

out of a playoff spot.

“You’ve got games in hand,” coach Robin Fraser told Chivas’

official website. “That doesn’t mean anything unless you win those

games. Games in hand gives you a lifeline that you either take

advantage of or you don’t.”

Chivas missed a chance to gain ground with Sunday’s 4-0 loss to

archrival Los Angeles, which finished with a 12-3 advantage in

shots on goal.

“We did a lot of things to hurt ourselves against the Galaxy,”

Fraser said. “We gave up spaces that we shouldn’t have and, as a

result, we find ourselves chasing the game.”

It marked Chivas’ worst defeat since it fell by the same score

April 28 at Colorado, dropping to 0-5-1 in the last six


Chivas has been outscored 13-2 in going 0-3-1 in its last four

trips to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Casey has totaled four goals

in those matchups and has returned to training this week after

being out with right hamstring tightness.

“The leg’s going good, just trying to work on my fitness and get

sharp and get available for the weekend,” Casey told the league’s

official website. “I’m hoping to be available.”

The Rapids (8-15-1) could use Casey after they were left

lamenting numerous missed opportunities in last Saturday’s 3-2 loss

at FC Dallas.

“That’s what the game is,” coach Oscar Pareja told the Rapids’

official website. “You’ve got to put the ball in the back of the

net, and if you don’t do it, then you pay for it.”

The Rapids continue to get little out of Omar Cummings, who has

no goals or assists over his last five games. The forward has come

up empty on his last 12 shots.

Cummings has a history of producing against Chivas with five

goals and five assists in nine matchups.

Kamani Hill scored twice for the Rapids in the first matchup,

but he’s gone a season-high 10 straight games without a goal.

Chivas is looking for improvement in its second game with

Shalrie Joseph, acquired Aug. 3 from New England. Joseph was part

of a midfield group that was thoroughly outplayed Sunday.

“The more practice and the more games I get, the more

comfortable I will get with my teammates,” Joseph said.

Chivas has played better all year on the road, going 4-2-3.

“It’s an opportunity to go out and show who we are and how we

bounce back from that,” Fraser said.