Galaxy-Chivas USA Preview

Aug 30, 4:23 PM

Calling the Los Angeles-area rivalry between the Galaxy and Chivas USA one-sided could be considered an understatement.

That doesn't appear likely to change given the opposite directions the clubs are moving in ahead of this SuperClasico matchup Saturday night.

As the Galaxy look to continue their push for the Western Conference's top spot, Chivas will try to end a six-game winless streak and avoid the longest scoring drought in MLS this season.

The Galaxy (12-5-7) captured their season-best third straight win, 4-1 over East-leading D.C. United on Wednesday to move within two points of league-best Seattle heading into Saturday.

Alan Gordon set the tone early with his second goal in three games since being acquired from San Jose, while midfielder Landon Donovan scored in his third straight match.

Now the surging Galaxy have a chance to win four in a row for the first time since late in the 2012 season. They're also 9-0-3 at the StubHub Center since the beginning of April, including a 3-0 win over host Chivas on April 6.

Los Angeles ranks among MLS leaders with 45 goals after totaling 25 in its last nine matches. Gyasi Zardes and Robbie Keane have scored six times in that span, while Donovan has added four.

Keane, however, could miss his second straight contest due to injury. The forward, who has a team-high 13 goals, scored in the April victory over Chivas but sat out a 1-all draw June 8 because of international duty.

Zardes has scored in each of his three career games versus Chivas and Donovan has 13 goals in his 27 career meetings.

"We're going out to try and win the game, whether it's Chivas USA or one of the other 18 teams," coach Bruce Arena said.

The Galaxy look to extend a seven-game unbeaten streak (5-0-2) while improving on their 20-4-8 all-time record against their in-house mates. They're also 12-1-3 while outscoring Chivas 29-7 in the series since July 2009.

Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Felix Borja, Nigel Reo-Coker and Luis Bolanos are among the recent pick-ups for the West-worst Goats (6-12-6), who have gone 0-5-1 since winning a season-best four in a row from June 28-July 12.

"The motivation is there," Chivas coach Wilmer Cabrera told the league's official website. "We have new players coming in and we have an opportunity to score the goal that we are looking for."

Cabrera's club was held scoreless for a fifth consecutive contest in last Saturday's 1-0 loss at New England. The 456-minute drought is the second longest in club history (601 in 2012) and the league's second longest in 2014 behind Houston (480).

Erick Torres has 14 of the club's 21 goals, but he's come up empty since scoring in six straight matches from June 8-July 20. The forward began that streak by getting the Goats' lone tally in their draw against the Galaxy.

Chivas may have a difficult time breaking through against Los Angeles, which has given up a league-low 27 goals while limiting opponents to two or fewer in 22 of 24 matches.