Chivas USA-Revolution Preview
After tying the franchise’s longest winless streak, the New
England Revolution are on the verge of matching their longest
unbeaten run of the season.
The Revolution will likely have some help in that attempt with
their first designated player, Milton Caraglio, expected to make
his debut Saturday night against visiting Chivas USA.
New England (4-9-9) went nine games without a victory for the
fourth time in team history with a 3-0 loss to Philadelphia in its
previous home contest July 17.
The Revolution have followed that stretch by going 1-0-2 and
almost claimed another win last Saturday before giving up a goal in
the 89th minute during a 1-all draw with Sporting Kansas City.
New England, which started 1-0-3, has scored the fewest goals
(20) in MLS but hopes to change that after signing Caraglio on
Tuesday. The 22-year-old Argentine forward scored 11 goals over 49
games in his home country’s top league.
“We’ve made no secret about it over the past few months that
this summer window we were looking to add at least one attacking
player, and we’re still going to look to add another one by (Aug.
15),” vice president of player personnel Michael Burns told the
team’s official website. “We feel like we’ve addressed a need that
we’ve been trying to address for the last few months.”
The Revolution could use Caraglio’s help, as they’ve been
outscored 11-0 in four straight losses to Chivas USA (6-8-8).
Chivas enters this game after falling short of matching its
longest unbeaten run in nearly two years. It was 2-0-3 before a 1-0
road defeat to FC Dallas on Sunday. Chivas hadn’t gone unbeaten in
six straight since Sept. 13-Oct. 17, 2009.
“Games are games. Sometimes they don’t go the way you want them
to, but in my mind, it doesn’t affect what happens (this) week,”
coach Robin Fraser told the league’s official website. “We look at
this game; we talk about putting a bit more quality on the ball,
and we recover for next week.”
Not having to deal with the 102-degree heat of Dallas again and
facing the Revolution might help Fraser’s club recover. Chivas
earned a 3-0 home victory over New England on April 30.
It also prevailed 4-0 during its previous trip to Gillette
Stadium last May, matching its largest margin of victory in
franchise history. Justin Braun had a goal in that game and scored
three of his team-best seven in a 3-0 win over Houston on July