Union-Chivas USA Preview
Chivas USA has jumped out to the best road start in club
history, but it hasn’t figured out how to win – or score – at home
The possible return of Juan Pablo Angel could change that.
Chivas tries for its first point at home since the last time the
Philadelphia Union were in town as these teams meet for the only
time in league play this season.
Oswaldo Minda scored in the first half of a 1-0 victory over
Toronto last Saturday, helping Chivas (3-3-0) improve to 3-0 on the
road for the first time.
That stands in stark contrast to Chivas’ results at home, where
the club has lost each of its first three matches by a 1-0
“If you look at our home performance, we’ve not been horrible,
we just haven’t been quite good enough,” coach Robin Fraser told
the team’s official website. “… I think the mentality has just
gotten better over the last couple weeks, a little bit stronger, a
little bit more fight, and as a result I expect to obviously
continue regardless of where we play.”
Chivas could get a boost if Angel returns to the lineup after
missing five matches with concussion symptoms suffered in the
preseason. The Columbian striker has been practicing with the team
since before last weekend’s contest.
“There is a possibility that he’ll be available (Saturday),”
Fraser told the official MLS website.
Angel scored seven goals in nine games for Chivas in 2011
following his midseason acquisition from Los Angeles, including the
equalizer in the 90th minute of a 1-all draw with the visiting
Union on Oct. 2.
Chivas has lost four straight at home since then.
Philadelphia (1-3-1) comes to town after ending an 0-6-2 skid
with a 1-0 victory over Columbus last Saturday. Gabriel Gomez, who
has two of the team’s three goals, converted a penalty kick in the
“These three points are big, but they’ll mean more if we play
well and get a ‘W’ next Saturday,” defender Sheanon Williams told
the Union’s official website. “I’m happy for us with this first win
and hopefully we’ll take this and keep it going into next
Williams will likely start a second straight game next to rookie
Raymon Gaddis with captain Danny Califf questionable due to a left
The Union could have forward Danny Mwanga back after he missed
the last game with a rib contusion. Mwanga, the No.1 overall pick
in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft, scored the winner in a 3-2 home victory
over Chivas on June 25.
The Union’s Zac MacMath, who made two saves in the last road
game versus Chivas, will try to record three consecutive clean
sheets for the first time.
Chivas’ Dan Kennedy, the MLS player of the week, allowed four
scores to Philadelphia last season on just seven shots on goal.
Philadelphia is 2-0-2 in this series, with both ties coming on