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The Vancouver Whitecaps haven't been playing well with the lead lately, but they just picked up three much-needed points.

Chivas USA hasn't done that since beating the Whitecaps back in March.

Vancouver will try to extend its home unbeaten streak to eight matches Wednesday night when Chivas' Jose Luis Real makes his MLS coaching debut.

After giving up a 2-1 first-half lead in a 3-2 loss at Seattle on June 8, Vancouver (5-5-4) held on for a 4-3 home win over New England on Saturday. The Whitecaps netted four consecutive goals - two by MLS player of the week Kenny Miller - before Brad Knighton allowed an 84th-minute score.

"I have no idea (why we struggle with the lead)," coach Martin Rennie, whose club is seventh in the Western Conference, told the Whitecaps' official website. "It can't be good for my health, watching these games…right now we just seem to be doing things the hard way.

"But right now we are winning, we're moving forward and hopefully we'll get to the point where things are done a little more easily."

Hosting a Chivas side that's 0-7-1 since a 2-1 home win over Vancouver on March 30 could help the Whitecaps, who are one of three MLS clubs without a home loss at 4-0-3.

Chivas USA (3-8-2), tied with Toronto FC with a league-low 11 points, arrives at BC Place having scored one goal during a five-game losing streak. It's the club's worst stretch since dropping its franchise-record seventh straight Oct. 3, 4-0 at Vancouver.

It's now up to Real to get Chivas back on track after the club fired Jose Luis Sanchez Sola late last month. Sacha van der Most, the club's youth academy director, served as interim coach in a 2-0 loss to the Sounders on June 1.

Real, also Chivas' technical director, takes over after serving as the sporting development director at parent club Chivas Guadalajara in Mexico.

"The overall idea will be the same but there will be adaptations to a country that is different," he told Chivas' official website. "Above everything, we need to implement whatever adaptations with great respect to the league and the country we are working in. I am intrigued and excited about the opportunity to influence, prove and demonstrate to the non-believers that we can accomplish that."

For now, the players feel Real can help them turn around a rough season.

"I'm convinced that we'll soon get a positive result, which will help us get out of this struggle," midfielder Jorge Villafana told MLS' official website. "It's important for us at this point to get that feeling again."

Chivas can expect to get its first look at Knighton this season after Joe Cannon gave up both scores - one to Eric Avila and an own goal by Jun Marques Davidson - March 30.

Knighton, the Whitecaps' starter in the last four games, didn't need to make a save in Chivas' last visit to Vancouver.

Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy has started all six games in this series. He was beat by Miller on March 30, but helped Chivas improve to 1-2-3 against Vancouver.

The Whitecaps are 1-0-1 at home in this matchup.

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