Red Bulls-Chivas USA Preview

The New York Red Bulls have a chance to take sole possession of

first place in the Eastern Conference by beating the team with the

worst record in the West.

The Red Bulls, though, are winless in their last six road games

against Chivas USA, a skid they’ll try to end Sunday.

With Sporting Kansas City’s 1-0 loss to Chicago on Friday, New

York (11-8-6) has an opportunity to finish the week with a

conference-best 42 points. The Red Bulls could use a win after

enduring back-to-back shutouts, the latest a draw with Philadelphia

last Saturday.

“I’m not happy about the game. But it’s a point and we’ll take

it and move on,” coach Mike Petke said.

Petke’s club will try to come away with three points against

Chivas (4-14-6), which is 1-13-5 in its last 19 games. The squad

hasn’t scored more than one goal in 16 consecutive contests and is

0-3-1 in its past four after a 3-1 defeat to FC Dallas on

Wednesday.

Chivas gave up three goals in the final 20 minutes, including

the go-ahead tally in the 86th, and has been outscored 6-0 in the

second halves of its last four games.

“We’ve all watched individual video and we’ve talked amongst

ourselves what we have to correct,” defender Carlos Borja told the

team’s official website. “We’re going to change a few things. The

(3-1 loss to Dallas) was because we didn’t cover ourselves on the

sidelines and that’s what we’ve been working on this week.”

The Red Bulls, however, aren’t taking the struggling club

lightly.

“They don’t have the best record, but we know that any team can

beat anyone in this league,” midfielder Brandon Barklage said. “So

we have to be prepared. I think there’s some areas on the field

where we can kind of exploit them. … We feel confident going into

(California). Hopefully, we can come away with three points.”

New York hasn’t done that in a road matchup with Chivas since

its first visit Oct. 16, 2005, going 0-2-4 since.

The Red Bulls are also 0-1-2 in the last three overall matchups.

The teams played to a 1-all draw in their only meeting last year

May 23.

Chivas forward Tristan Bowen and midfielder Gabriel Farfan will

finish two-game suspensions Sunday. Bowen was thrown out of a 1-all

draw with Colorado on Aug. 11 after spitting at the Rapids’ Chris

Klute, and Farfan was ejected after committing a foul in the first

half.