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
“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
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
“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
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