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Vancouver (7-4-11) at Chivas USA (6-11-5), 10:30 p.m.
Carson, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Chivas USA will hope to put an end to a four- match losing streak in league play on Saturday on home soil when the Goats welcome Western Conference rivals Vancouver Whitecaps FC to the StubHub Center.
Chivas looked to have turned a corner when the club ripped off a four-match winning run from June 28-July 12, but followed up that run of positive play with a four-match skid that dropped the club to the bottom of the Western Conference with 23 points.
The Goats have been outscored 9-1 during the losing streak and haven't found the back of the net in any of their past three matches. Last time out, the club was held off the score sheet in a 2-0 loss to the Portland Timbers at Providence Park.
Diego Valeri opened the scoring for Portland after just 10 minutes as he took a pass from Diego Chara and advanced the ball to the edge of the penalty area before cutting it back onto his right foot and sending a dipping strike past Dan Kennedy.
The Timbers found a second goal as Rodney Wallace got on the end of Fanendo Adi's nifty chip and slammed home his first goal of the season.
"It didn't go well the first half," said Chivas USA head coach Wilmer Cabrera. "Especially the first half we didn't play well. We were very tentative on the ball and we lost the ball in transitions and they took advantage of that and when they got the ball they put a little bit of pressure, and they went up 2-0. In the second half it was better, they were more comfortable, they waited for us and we didn't put any kind of pressure of scoring goals."
After a streak of four consecutive draws, Vancouver came up with a huge 2-0 victory over the defending champion Sporting Kansas City last Sunday. Carl Robinson's club will be aiming for a second straight win against Chivas.
Vancouver took the lead with some good fortune in the 17th minute as a misplayed defensive header by Sporting defender Igor Juliao looped over the head of a helpless Andy Gruenebaum for the own goal.
The Whitecaps doubled the advantage without the help of the Sporting defense in the 39th minute as Pedro Morales dribbled toward goal and did well to pull Aurelien Collin out of position before sliding it over to Darren Mattocks for an easy finish.
"I believed we could win the game if we did things right, because of the personnel that we've got," Robinson said. "We can cause any teams problems, and we showed that today. It could've been four or five for us on another day, but we'll take the victory."
The Whitecaps will be looking for some measure of revenge against Chivas as the Goats claimed a 3-1 win over the Whitecaps at BC Place back on July 12.
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