Chivas USA-Rapids Preview

The Associated PressMay 10, 2014

Coming off another loss last weekend, Chivas USA hasn't picked up three points in more than two months.

It's been quite a big longer since it last beat the Colorado Rapids.

Hoping to avoid a fourth consecutive defeat, Chivas hits the road looking to snap an 11-game winless drought against the Rapids on Sunday.

While Chivas (1-5-3) opened the season with a 3-2 win over Chicago on March 9, it has since been outscored 16-6 during an 0-5-3 stretch.

"We're aware of it," defender Bobby Burling told the club's official website. "It's frustrating. At the same time, though, we're the only ones that can change it. Nothing is going to happen here where a miracle is going to be. It's us guys in here and difficult stretch it is, but we trust in each other and we have each other's back to get out of this that's for sure."

Chivas is allowing a horrendous 2.00 goals per game and surrendered its highest total this season in last Saturday's 4-1 loss to Houston. Erick Torres scored on a penalty kick in the seventh minute for Chivas, which has not tallied more than one goal in a game since the opener.

"We have to analyze, we have to watch the video, if we relaxed too much or what we can do in order for this to not happen again," said Torres, who has scored seven of the team's nine goals. "... We have to morally pick ourselves up, turn the page, see what's coming, think about winning a game, and from there, begin our winning streak of one, two, three, five games.

"We have to support each other so we can turn the page as soon as possible."

Doing so could prove difficult against Colorado, which has dominated the series of late. The Rapids have outscored Chivas 22-4 during an 8-0-3 run since falling 2-1 in March 2009.

Plus, Chivas is 0-14-5 away from home in league play since winning in Chicago on March 24, 2013. That matches the third-worst road winless streak in MLS history and is one shy of the second-longest - 20 by San Jose in 2008-09.

The Rapids, meanwhile, are 9-1-3 in their last 13 home matches.

Unlike Chivas, Colorado (4-2-3) has thrived on the defensive end. The Rapids have recorded four shutouts in five games after playing to a scoreless draw at San Jose on Wednesday.

"I think we're satisfied," defender Drew Moor said. "I don't think anyone's overly joyed about it or anything, which is a good sign. This is a tough place to come in and get a result."

Clint Irwin earned high praise from his teammates after making seven saves, one shy of his career high.

"We allowed (San Jose) to get in a couple dangerous positions, especially there in the second half and he did his thing," Moor said. "He did what he had to do. Sometimes when you come in, like I said, in tough places like this, you need your keeper to do that and we'll certainly buy his dinner tonight."

Aside from a 4-1 loss at MLS-leading Seattle on April 26, Irwin has allowed one goal in his other five matches. He made a combined nine saves while yielding one goal as Colorado went 2-0-1 against Chivas during his rookie year last season.