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Real Salt Lake (6-2-7) at Chivas USA (2-7-5), 10:30 p.m.
Carson, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Real Salt Lake and Chivas USA will both be eager to bring an end to their respective four-game winless streaks on Saturday when the two sides meet up at the StubHub Center.
Salt Lake started the season on a 12-match unbeaten run, but Jeff Cassar's team has claimed just one point from its last three league outings and has been outscored 8-2 in the process.
Making matters worse for RSL is the fact that the team was eliminated from the U.S. Open Cup by NASL side Atlanta Silverbacks, extending their winless streak to five games in all competitions and leaving the side without a win since May 17.
To be fair, Salt Lake has been battling injury problems as well as international absences over the past month, making it difficult for the team to put together a consistently good stretch of play.
Two of the leaders of the team, goalkeeper Nick Rimando and captain Kyle Beckerman, are away at the World Cup with the United States, while top scoring threat Alvaro Saborio broke his foot in training with Costa Rica's national team and has been out of action.
Yet despite the negative results and absences, Cassar felt that the World Cup break and having time away from the game will help his team get back on track.
"It was great for everyone to get away from the game," Cassar said of the break. "Practices since we've been back have been fantastic, probably some of our best of the year."
Chivas is also hoping to reverse its fortunes following the World Cup break with the team coming off of a 1-1 draw with the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Erick Torres continued his strong season with the opening goal in the 20th minute against the Galaxy, but the Goats watched as Gyasi Zardes equalized 15 minutes later.
Chivas may have claimed only one point but defender Erick Avila saw some positive signs against the Galaxy that he hopes the team will build upon.
"I think we went more a little bit attacking-wise," Avila said following the draw with Los Angeles. "I think in the last couple of games we just had [Erick Torres] up [top] and we weren't really helping him out as much as we would like to. I think we changed a little bit where we can take the tension a little bit away from [Torres] and have some runs on top."
Torres has already totaled nine goals for Chivas this season, with the next closest player being Marvin Chavez with two goals, so any additional help Torres can receive will be a big boost to the Chivas attack.
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