Looking Ahead To Chivas USA

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First of the final three games is against Chivas USA this weekend.

All I can say is let's move past it.

The 3-3 result for FC Dallas against the San Jose Earthquakes was indeed frustrating but the soccer Gods are still allowing this club to be in the playoff hunt so there is some things we can be thankful for here today.

In my book it is time to look forward to Chivas USA on Sunday.

Just like we've mentioned before, FC Dallas needs to take care of business but at the same time they need some help. Chivas USA plays at Vancouver this Wednesday. No doubt that is a BIG game for Dallas fans as the Whitecaps know they have to get those three points in the worst possible way after getting a 0-0 draw over the weekend against Seattle.

For those who care to know, Chivas lost to Vancouver 1-0 back in May and tied them 0-0 in June.

The Skinny on Chivas

Let's face it, Chivas stinks. But at the same time Vancouver hasn't been able to really do much since July so that one on Wednesday is anybody's guess at this point.

Chivas has TWO points since the start of August and hasn't seen a win since late July. That win was against the lowly Portland Timbers, who at the time were in a major rut of their own. Their previous win before that one was a week earlier against the same Timbers. You'd have to flash back all the way to May 19 for their last good win which came against rivals LA.

Chivas's leading scorer, Juan Pablo Angel, hasn't scored a goal since early August. His four goals lead Chivas with Miller Bolanos following behind him with three on the year.

The main guy that has done anything of note this season for Chivas is keeper Dan Kennedy. He was the main reason why Chivas left Frisco earlier this season with a point in a 0-0 draw. Kennedy came up with several big save against Brek Shea.

But let's also point out one thing about that early summer meeting. There was no Blas Perez, no David Ferreira, no Julian de Guzman and no George John (though he may be missed again this weekend with his ankle injury). Dallas is a different team than the one that struggled in a 0-0 draw on June.

Making the most out of the offense

Dallas needs Chivas' help but at the same time they can't take that game on Saturday lightly as well. We saw on Saturday that Blas Perez is back and scoring. The team rallied to get a go-ahead goal late in the game with Matt Hedges and overall the team pushed well offensively against the league's best club in San Jose.

We won't see the same sort of offense on Saturday out of Chivas either. The Goats are the worst offensive team in the league.

If anything, Dallas should concentrate on banking in as many goals as possible.

Since MLS changed their tiebreaker rules, the more goals you score the better. At the moment they are well ahead of Vancouver for goals scored but if I'm Schellas Hyndman, I make sure that number gets out of reach if for some reason Dallas finds themselves tied with Vancouver on points at the end of the regular season.

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