Carson, CA (Sports Network) - Real Salt Lake will cap a three-game road trip
on Sunday at The Home Depot Center against a struggling Chivas USA side.
Salt Lake has claimed a win and a loss in its first two matches of the trip,
with three points at New England before a 3-2 defeat in Montreal last
Chivas, meanwhile, has earned only one point from its last five games and has
been outscored 7-0 by Sporting Kansas City and Portland in its last two
Salt Lake will be hopeful of collecting three more points on Sunday to
continue its recent dominance over Chivas, which includes seven wins in the
last 10 meetings between the two sides.
RSL's last outing saw the club give up two late goals in a loss to the Impact,
but midfielder Kyle Beckerman feels his team will use the result as motivation
"Of course we're disappointed and frustrated, we have to try and learn from
it," Beckerman said after the defeat. "I think a loss like this can really
help us move forward. We need to get a good week of practice in and then when
we get back into this position we'll get something out of it."
Chivas has lost its last four home meetings with Salt Lake, and based on the
club's current form, it's hard to see that streak coming to an end.
The three-man back line of Chivas has come under some criticism recently, but
help could be on the way in the form of a return for defender Walter Vilchez.
Vilchez suffered knee and ankle injuries in the second week of the season and
could return to action as soon as this weekend, and he feels there is nothing
wrong with the system under head coach Jose Luis Sanchez Sola.
"I have played in backlines of three, four and five men," Vilchez told
MLSsoccer.com. "All of them are effective depending on what players you have
and what their capacities are. We have the type of players to utilize that
three-man back line.
"We've had some interesting matches when it comes to defense. Some of the
goals we've allowed have been mental mistakes more than errors due to the
formation or system."
Chivas must not only figure out its issues in defense, but also find a way to
score goals on a consistent basis after being held without a goal in four of
its last five contests.
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