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.