After snapping a winless stretch by topping the Western Conference's leading club, the Vancouver Whitecaps will try to keep their momentum going when they face one of the teams near the bottom of the standings.
Chivas USA, though, is on the verge of matching the longest winning streak in franchise history as it looks to earn its first victory in Vancouver on Saturday night.
Vancouver (6-3-7) beat visiting Seattle 1-0 last Saturday after going 0-1-2 in its prior three games. Sebastian Fernandez's goal ended a 200-minute scoreless drought.
"If you want to go far in the playoffs, you need to get those 1-0 results," defender Steven Beitashour said. "I think that was a great example of it, and we need more of that for sure."
Chivas (5-7-5) has won 1-0 in each of its last three games, and Erick Torres scored in his fourth straight last Saturday against visiting Montreal. Torres is tied for second in MLS with 12 goals and trails New York's Bradley Wright-Phillips by two.
"He's got super movement, and he's an excellent finisher," Vancouver coach Carl Robinson said. "We'll have to be on our game, not just our defenders but our team, to try to stop him."
Chivas, eighth in the nine-team West, has never posted four consecutive shutouts and has won four straight once, Sept. 20-Oct. 11, 2008.
"I think we're moving step by step. The group is aware that the mindset is to reach the playoffs and to go in search of that," midfielder Marvin Chavez told the team's official website. "The group's mentality has been very positive and we hope to continue this."
Torres scored in the 45th minute before Kekuta Manneh had the equalizer in the 81st of a 1-all draw between these teams March 16.
Chivas is 1-3-5 against the Whitecaps, earning the win in March 2013, and 0-2-2 in Vancouver. Torres had two goals in the first 14 minutes in the most recent visit Sept. 1, but the Whitecaps forced a 2-all draw by scoring in stoppage time.
Chivas, 2-0-2 in its last four MLS road games, won't have midfielder Marco Delgado after he was called to play for the U.S. Under-20 national team this upcoming week.
The Whitecaps, unbeaten in their last five home games, are hoping to get defender Andy O'Brien back from a hip injury that's kept him out of the last two matches. O'Brien was a full participant in practice Thursday.
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