CARSON, CA - OCTOBER 02: Fans of Chivas USA blow their horns during the MLS match between Philadelphia Union and Chivas USA at The Home Depot Center on October 2, 2011 in Carson, California. The Union and Chivas USA played to a 1-1 draw. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
Chivas USA (3-3-0) return to The Home Depot Center this week, but having earned all nine points on the road, this may not be a cause for celebration and relaxation.
Chivas USA (3-3-0) return to The Home Depot Center this week, but having earned all nine points on the road, this may not be a cause for celebration and relaxation. This week's opponent on Saturday night at 7:30 PDT is the Philadelphia Union (1-3-1), who have lost both their road matches this year. It's the battle of the moveable object, and the stoppable force.
Still it's Chivas who are in good form, with two straight road victories. They return to The Home Depot Center after winning for the third time in three matches away from home in a 1-0 triumph over Toronto FC. The problem, of course, is that the Goats are 0-3-0 at home this year.
Philly may not be in great form, but with their first victory of the year last week they are at least recovering. The Union began the year with a four game winless streak (six if it's stretched back to last season), but finally managed a 1-0 victory over Columbus on national TV.
For both clubs, the calling card is their defense. The Union last week were able to extend their shutout streak to 244 minutes despite the absence of Danny Califf for a third match this season. He was scratched after warmups against Columbus, which likely makes him available for the match against Chivas.
Chivas managed to branch out and score two goals against the Portland Timbers two weeks ago, but fans shouldn't expect too many goals in this one. Every other Chivas match this year has finished 1-0.
The Goats do not have a victory over Philadelphia. Philadelphia has won both encounters at PPL Park, including a 3-2 victory last season. The two clubs have a pair of 1-1 draws at The Home Depot Center. This is Philly's third MLS season.