Chivas USA-Earthquakes Preview

The Associated Press

Chris Wondolowski's impressive point streak continues. The San Jose Earthquakes would like to start another one.

Wondolowski looks to extend his career-best point streak to nine Sunday when the Earthquakes host Chivas in the first of three matches between these clubs in 2012.

Since being held off the scoresheet in a 1-0 loss to Houston on March 17, Wondolowski has scored 10 goals and set up two others in eight games. He found the back of the net last Saturday at Vancouver, but the Earthquakes (7-2-1) gave up the final two goals in a 2-1 defeat.

San Jose was riding a 6-0-1 surge.

"My goal means nothing with the loss," Wondolowski told the Earthquakes' official website after scoring his league-leading 11th. "It was just unfortunate we let in two goals in the last five minutes of each half and that'll come back and bite you. We've got to stay a little bit mentally stronger."

Wondolowski is three shy of tying Roy Lassiter's MLS-record point streak set in 1998 with D.C. United. He has five goals in his last four games versus Chivas USA, including his second career hat trick in a 3-0 home win Oct. 20, 2010.

San Jose, though, is 0-6-2 in the other eight matches in this series since returning to MLS in 2008.

Chivas (3-6-0) won both meetings in 2011 and is 3-0-1 in its last four at San Jose, which owns a seven-game point streak at home.

Still, this might be a good opportunity for Chivas to get back on track after falling to 0-5-0 at home in its last match, a 2-1 loss to Chicago on May 4.

Chivas plays six of eight at The Home Depot Center following Sunday's match.

"This is obviously not the scenario we were looking for," Juan Pablo Angel told Chivas' official website after scoring the team's first home goal of the season on a penalty kick.

"We need to make sure that we keep our heads high and we turn this around somehow."

If that's going to happen, the club will have to start scoring with more regularity. Chivas is tied with Philadelphia with a league-low five goals.

One of those came from Oswaldo Minda, but he won't play Sunday due to yellow-card accumulation. That could mean more opportunities for former Earthquake Alejandro Moreno and midfielder Michael Lahoud, who appeared in his first game of the season May 4 after recovering from a left hamstring strain.

Defensively, Chivas will need a better effort from goalkeeper Dan Kennedy, who has given up seven goals during the losing streak after allowing just four in the first six matches of 2012.

Kennedy, though, has won all three career starts versus the Earthquakes after making five saves in the two meetings last season, including a 2-1 road victory April 23.

San Jose will be without Shea Salinas (fractured clavicle) and midfielder Martin Chávez, who could be out up to four weeks after suffering a strained left hamstring last Saturday. Coach Frank Yallop could call on Simon Dawkins, Rafa Baca and Tressor Moreno as replacements.

"Yeah, we're going to miss those guys," Yallop said, "but we'll soldier on and make sure we do the right things to win games while they're not there."

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