Chivas USA-Rapids Preview

Chivas USA-Rapids Preview

Published May. 24, 2013 3:17 p.m. ET

Chivas USA's six-game winless funk began with a loss to the Colorado Rapids.

Facing them again isn't likely to help its cause.

Hoping to snap a season-worst three-game losing streak, visiting Chivas tries to beat Colorado for the first time in more than four years Saturday night.

Chivas USA opened 3-1-1 but hasn't seen much go its way of late. The club has been outscored 15-3 during an 0-5-1 stretch, with the first of those defeats coming 1-0 to Colorado (4-4-4) on April 13.


"We have 11 points and we are in last place," coach Jose Luis Sanchez Sola told the league's official website. "Although, being in last place doesn't worry me. I'm worried that I can't find a way to win."

Chivas USA's woes continued Sunday in a 4-1 defeat to Real Salt Lake. Midfielder Jorge Villafana scored his first goal for Chivas (3-6-2), which ranks last in MLS with 22 goals allowed.

"The last three weeks have not been easy. They're definitely not been what we've worked for in training. Working that hard all week to step out (on the field) and get punished like that is never good," defender Bobby Burling said.

"We just have to stick together and go forward. Every team in this league has to go through these spells and the quicker you get out of them the better. We need to just turn this page quickly."

They'll try to do so against Colorado, which has outscored Chivas USA 19-3 during a 7-0-2 run in the series. Colorado is 4-1-6 against Chivas at home.

The Rapids are 4-1-2 in their last seven matches and extended their unbeaten streak to four with last Saturday's 1-all draw at San Jose. Clint Irwin allowed the game-tying goal in the 78th minute, losing his bid for a third consecutive clean sheet.

"Getting a point on the road is always good," midfielder Nathan Sturgis said after scoring his first goal. "But being up 1-0 late in the game, it's always disappointing to give up that tying goal. We knew we could have had the three points, but there are a lot of positives to take out of a game like this. We'll head back home and look to correct what we missed."

Irwin leads the league with 0.70 goals allowed per game and would appear to have a favorable matchup against a Chivas USA club that's failed to score during a three-game road skid.

Rookie Dillon Powers and 13-year veteran Brian Mullan could return for the Rapids after sitting out last weekend to rest. They were the only players to start each of the first 11 games for Colorado.

Center back Shane O'Neill, though, will serve a one-game suspension for committing a foul against San Jose's Chris Wondolowski right outside the penalty area.