banner

Soccer

more stats

MLS Preview from The Sports Network



Saturday, April 13, 2013 (All times Eastern)

Colorado (1-3-2) at Chivas USA (3-1-1), 10:30 p.m.

Carson, CA (Sports Network) - After one week off, Chivas USA hopes to pick up where it left off as the club hosts the Colorado Rapids at The Home Depot Center on Saturday.

Following a 3-0 home defeat to the Columbus Crew to begin the season, Chivas is unbeaten in its last four games, including three wins, to move into second place in the Western Conference.

The Rapids, meanwhile, had to wait until their sixth game of the season to collect their first win, a 1-0 triumph over Real Salt Lake last time out.

A big reason for the success of Chivas is down to defending, as the club has yielded just four goals in its last four games after giving away three to the Crew.

Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy may not have a clean sheet to his name this season, but it is something that the club will be focusing on when the Rapids visit on Saturday.

"Especially as a defender, we'd like to see zeroes back there," said Chivas defender Bobby Burling. "Any time we put up a zero it gives our team a chance to win a game. It's about attention to detail, little plays here and there. If you look at every goal [we have allowed], it's not just one guy's fault, it's a combination of three or four plays."

Keeping the ball out of the net will be the goal for Chivas, but the club has done quite well at finding the net on the offensive end by tying for the league lead in goals with FC Dallas, having netted 10 times in five contests.

The scoring load has been shared so far, with Juan Agudelo the only player on the team to score more than once, but he is unlikely to start Saturday's match because of a hamstring problem and is hopeful of just making the bench.

Colorado had to be relieved to finally pick up three points after a slow start, but Rapids head coach Oscar Pareja felt it was nothing more than his team deserved.

"Despite the lack of results, I would say that they deserve more," Pareja said after his team's win over RSL. "They kept fighting with determination, and today is a good reward. I thought the game rewarded them today for that fight, and as I say, there are many things that need to be better for sure, but [today] is a day to enjoy."

The win will no doubt take some pressure off the club, but Pareja knows his team is facing a tough task against a motivated Chivas side.

"(Chivas USA) is a team that has been transformed in its mentality," Pareja said. "It seems now that everyone is under the same concepts and ideas that their coach has implemented. I can see a team that is pushing towards the same way. That's difficult to play against."

04/12 16:16:01 ET

Other Stories

  • Football Friday with Tom Suiter

    Tonight at 11:35 on WRAL-TV

  • US Open Tennis: Men’s & Women’s Third Round

    Tomorrow at 11:00 am on WRAL-TV

  • ACC Football Kickoff Show

    Tomorrow at 7:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • US Open Tennis: Men’s Third Round & Women’s Fourth Round

    Sunday at 11:00 am on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Panthers at Pittsburgh

    Tonight at 7:30 on 99.9 The Fan

  • CFB: NC State vs Georgia Southern

    Tomorrow at 12:30 pm on WRAL-FM

  • HSFB: Southern Durham at Hillside

    Tomorrow at 7:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • High School Wrap Up Show

    Sunday at 9:00 am on 99.9 The Fan

  • Football Friday

    Tomorrow at 11:35 pm

Scoreboard
Local
Final
NOR 3
DUR 5
 
Final
PIT 0
CAR 10
 
5:05pm Tonight
NOR
DUR
 
7:35pm Tonight
NOR
DUR
 
Final
CIN 7
CHC 2
Final
DET 3
NYY 2
Final
SFG 4
COL 1
Final
BAL 5
TAM 4
Final
NYM 1
ATL 6
Final
CWS 2
CLE 3
Final
KAN 5
MIN 11
Final
HOU 4
TEX 2
Final
ANA 4
OAK 3
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
CIN
 
7:05pm Tonight
BAL
MIN
 
7:07pm Tonight
TOR
NYY
 
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
BOS
 
7:10pm Tonight
NYM
PHI
 
7:35pm Tonight
ATL
MIA
 
8:10pm Tonight
KAN
CLE
 
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
DET
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
TEX
 
8:15pm Tonight
STL
CHC
 
9:40pm Tonight
ARI
COL
 
10:05pm Tonight
ANA
OAK
 
10:10pm Tonight
SDP
LOS
 
10:10pm Tonight
SEA
WAS
 
10:15pm Tonight
SFG
MIL
 
Final
SCAR 28
TEXAM 52
Final
LAMON 17
WAKE 10
Final
MISS 35
BSU 13
Final
TULSA 38
TULA 31
Final
WASU 38
RUTG 41
Final
ARST 45
WEBER 14
Final
VANDY 7
TEMPL 37
7:00pm Tonight
UCONN
BYU
7:30pm Tonight
WKENT
BGU
7:30pm Tonight
MSU
JVST
9:00pm Tonight
COL
COLST
9:00pm Tonight
HOU
TXSANANTO
10:30pm Tonight
ARZ
UNLV
Final
JAC 14
ATL 24
 
Final
BUF 0
DET 23
 
Final
CIN 35
IND 7
 
Final
GBP 34
KAN 14
 
Final
PHI 37
NYJ 7
 
Final
MIA 14
STL 13
 
Final
PIT 0
CAR 10
 
Final
NYG 16
NEP 13
 
Final
TAM 10
WAS 24
 
Final
NOS 13
BAL 22
 
Final
CLE 33
CHI 13
 
Final
DAL 3
DEN 27
 
Final
TEN 3
MIN 19
 
Final
HOU 13
SFX 40
 
Final
SDC 12
ARI 9
 
Final
OAK 41
SEA 31
 
Final
NOR 3
DUR 5
 
5:05pm Tonight
NOR
DUR
 
7:35pm Tonight
NOR
DUR