Chivas USA are all set to take on the Chicago Fire at the Home Depot Center on Friday night in a match nationally broadcast in Spanish on ESPN Deportes. The Friday night match is a chance for Chivas to climb out of the Western Conference cellar where they find themselves again after failing to pick up any points in their last two matches. In a demonstration of the disparity between the Western Conference and Eastern Conference, Chicago are fifth in the East with fewer points on the year than Chivas.
For the Goats, returning home is not the huge celebration it might be on other clubs. So far this season Chivas are winless at home, having four straight home decisions go 0-1 in the opponent's favor. Chivas have not won at home since September 24, 2011, going 0-5-1 over that span.
Meanwhile, the goats have done little to inspire fear in Chicago over the last few years. The Fire have really had them by the horns, going 5-0-2 against Chivas since June 19th, 2008. In those matches, the Fire have outscored Chivas 14-7.
The Fire made last week's goal of the week table with an olympico from Marco Papa. His direct from corner kick goal couldn't earn Chicago any points, but it sure was stunning. The last olympico in MLS was scored last season by David Beckham against Chicago.
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