Commerce City, CO (Sports Network) - The Colorado Rapids will hope to extend
their unbeaten run to five games on Saturday when the club welcomes struggling
Chivas USA to Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
The Rapids return home after a 1-1 draw at the San Jose Earthquakes last
weekend, while Chivas is winless in its last six matches after a heavy 4-1
home defeat at the hands of Real Salt Lake.
Colorado appeared poised to collect three points at San Jose, but a Marvin
Chavez goal 12 minutes from time denied the Rapids.
"It's a good result. Getting a point on the road is always good, especially
against a team like San Jose," said Rapids midfielder Nathan Sturgis. "But
being up 1-0 late in the game, it's always disappointing to give up that tying
goal. We knew we could have had the three points, but there are a lot of
positives to take out of a game like this."
The goal that Chavez scored was just the second given up by the Rapids in the
last four games, and Colorado will be hoping to collect another clean sheet on
Saturday against a Chivas side that has been held scoreless in four of its
last six matches.
Chivas has been outscored 11-1 in the last three games, and the confidence of
the club has undoubtedly been shaken.
Defender Bobby Burling is anxious to turn the page, and he feels that if the
side stays together they will be able to turn things around.
"The last three weeks have not been easy," said Burling. "They've definitely
not been what we've worked for in training. Working that hard all week to step
out [on the field] and get punished like that is never good. We just have to
stick together and go forward. Every team in this league has to go through
these spells and the quicker you get out of them the better. We need to just
turn this page quickly."
Chivas has not had much success against the Rapids in recent years, posting a
0-7-2 mark against Colorado in the last nine meetings between the two sides.
The last time Chivas beat the Rapids was March 21, 2009, but goalkeeper Dan
Kennedy knows it is important not to let the poor run of results carry over
into Saturday's match.
"Confidence plays a big role in this, and we need to make sure we still have
that, and we don't let these results get our personalities down. We gotta work
through this," Kennedy said.
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