Several weeks have passed since the Houston Dynamo and Chivas USA last tasted victory.
While both teams are trying to stay positive, Houston may have a better chance to get on track given its dominance in the series.
The visiting Dynamo go for an eighth win in 10 meetings against Chivas, which will be without goalkeeper Dan Kennedy on Saturday night.
Houston (2-4-2) won its first two games by a 5-0 margin, but it's since been outscored 13-3 during an 0-4-2 slide. After falling 4-0 at New York last Wednesday, the Dynamo played to a 1-all draw against Portland on Sunday.
Will Bruin, who has four of the team's eight goals, opened the scoring in the 16th minute but Houston couldn't hold on.
"I think we're disappointed we don't have three points from this match, but we did the right things today," goalkeeper Tally Hall told the team's official website. "We played correctly and moving forward that's going to mean a successful season. It's such a long season that doing the right thing will pay off."
The Dynamo, leading MLS with 117 shots, outshot the Timbers 14-10.
"We've just got to keep at it," midfielder Andrew Driver said. "We've had a lot of chances, just not really converted many, which obviously is unlike this team, but I think we've just got to keep going. We're having a decent amount of shots, we just need that little bit of luck to get one and I'm sure once we get a couple it'll start flowing from there."
Houston, which has scored more than one goal just once, may be able to jump-start its offense against Chivas, which has surrendered a league worst-tying 1.75 goals per game. The Dynamo have posted an 11-1-3 record in the series in league play dating to 2006, outscoring Chivas 29-8.
"We need to start picking up more points on the road," said Dynamo forward Giles Barnes, whose team has a 285-minute road scoreless streak since Ricardo Clark scored in the 75th minute of a 2-1 loss at Vancouver on March 29. "I think it's a good (opportunity) with Chivas away."
Houston has been outscored 8-1 in going 0-3-1 away from home.
Chivas (1-4-3) has managed just five goals - all from Erick Torres - while allowing 12 during an 0-4-3 stretch since beating Chicago 3-2 in its season opener. Things won't get any easier without Kennedy, who is serving a red-card suspension for handling the ball outside of the penalty area in last Saturday's 1-0 loss at San Jose.
"It's hard when you have to give the same speech over and over again, but we're not going to give up," coach Wilmer Cabrera told the club's official website. "The players noticed that they're playing well, they feel like they can compete against anyone in this league, but we have to be sure that we push each other to be a little bit more effective.
"(If) you don't put the ball in the back of the net, you're going to suffer the way we are suffering right now."
Chivas is 1-4-2 in its last seven home games dating to last season. Houston is off to its worst road start since opening 0-6-9 in 2011.
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