The Revolution haven’t defeated Chivas USA in their last six meetings. The winless streak (0-5-1) dates to 2009.
But this isn’t a typical year for Chivas USA. These Goats are in turmoil.
New England faces Chivas USA on Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., looking to shake off recent and past struggles.
The Revolution (5-5-5) return to MLS action for the first time since a 4-3 loss to Vancouver June 15. They also suffered a 3-1 defeat at D.C. United Wednesday, which bounced New England from the US Open Cup quarterfinals.
“Coming off the [MLS] bye week, I know there are some guys itching to play,” said goalie Bobby Shuttleworth, who did not play Wednesday. “There are also other guys coming off 90 minutes. So it’s a bit of a weird week for us but we can’t make that as an excuse.”
The Goats, meanwhile, are searching for some stability.
After a 3-7-2 start, Chivas USA fired coach Jose Luis Sanchez Sola May 29, saying he “had not always followed the patterns of respect and conduct implemented by Major League Soccer.”
New coach Jose Luis Real has promised improvements, but it may take time. The Goats (3-10-2) are in last place in the Western Conference and are mired in a 10-game winless streak (0-9-1). They have scored only four goals in that stretch, which dates to April.
There are issues off the pitch, too. A group of fans raised money to fly a banner over the stadium during Chivas USA’s home game last Sunday, protesting the team’s ownership.
The Goats are determined to turn things around.
“We have a new coach, which means a new system and new way of playing,” forward Tristan Bowen said. “We’re focusing on ourselves and trying to get things right.”
The Revolution aren’t taking the Goats lightly. New England is 0-1-2 in games on the West Coast this year, and are wary of a re-energized Chivas USA squad.
“The result doesn’t really show what kind of team they are,” Revolution midfielder Lee Nguyen said. “They have a lot of quality players. We have to be aware of those guys.”
It’s also a big game for New England striker Juan Agudelo.
Agudelo played for Chivas USA earlier this season, but was traded to the Revolution May 7 for an undisclosed amount of cash.
Agudelo debuted for the Revolution May 18, and has scored three goals in his first five games. New England is 3-1-1 in that stretch, averaging 2.4 goals per game.