Chivas USA has its sights set on earning a second straight victory after snapping a winless stretch that lasted nearly four months.
Standing in the way are the Seattle Sounders, who hope one of the league's best home-field advantages can help them overcome a crowded injury list Saturday night.
Chivas (4-11-5) put an end to a 14-match winless streak in MLS play its last time out, beating Toronto 1-0 on July 17 despite playing with 10 men for the final 65 minutes after Eric Avila received a red card. Erick Torres, in his first match since being acquired on loan from Club Deportivo, scored in the 79th minute to lift Chivas to its first victory since March 30.
The club's second shutout came with veteran defender Carlos Bocanegra starting his first match since signing earlier this month.
Chivas had been outscored 28-7 during its winless stretch.
"We finally got over the hump and got the win but we're taking little steps," the former U.S. national team captain told Chivas' official website. "We need to build week-by-week and this week, just build from our performance against Toronto, take a little of that confidence, put it against Seattle this weekend, and stay organized against a good team."
The Sounders (7-7-4) are 1-3-1 over their last five matches, shut out in all three losses on the road. They're coming off a 1-1 draw with Colorado last Saturday at CenturyLink Field, where they are 4-1-3 this year and 23-7-7 in MLS play dating back to June 23, 2011. The club is 3-0-2 all-time at home against Chivas.
Seattle still owns one of the league's most banged-up rosters, bringing a nine-player injury list to its last match. Attrition has had a particularly harsh effect in goal, with top keeper Michael Gspurning (forearm) still out after missing last Saturday's match and backup Marcus Hahnemann dealing with a hamstring problem.
Andrew Weber started in goal against Colorado after being acquired on loan earlier in the week from the USL's Phoenix FC. Coach Sigi Schmid is expected to go with Weber again Sunday, though MLS pool keeper Doug Herrick is also available.
"For us as a club, it's the reason that we brought Marcus here - if something happened to Michael, we'd have a quality reserve goalkeeper that could go into the game," Schmid told the team's official website. "For them both to be injured at the same time has made it difficult."
The Sounders will also be without second-leading scorer Eddie Johnson again as the U.S. meets Panama in the Gold Cup final.
Avila, one of four Chivas players who shares the team lead with two goals, will be absent due to a red card suspension.
The Sounders are 5-0-2 over the last seven meetings, outscoring Chivas 16-6. Seattle won 2-0 at home on June 1 in the lone matchup this year.
Obafemi Martins notched one of his team-leading six goals in that game, and the Sounders are 5-0-0 this year when he scores.