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Behind Enemy Lines: Scouting Chivas USA

FC Dallas holds a six-game unbeaten streak heading into Los Angeles for Saturday's match against Chivas USA. What does FCD have to do to extend the streak and come back to Dallas with three points?

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In a Western Conference contest, FC Dallas clashes up against Chivas USA in Los Angeles,

After making club history by tying their game-winning streak with four, Chivas USA have dropped back-to-back games heading into Saturday's match.

Injury Report

Injuries have hurt the Chivas recently, and it could continue if they don't adjust to the losses in their lineup. Almost handful of players will be out Saturday while two players wait to get the nod.

Out: Bobby Burling (R Medial Menisectomy), Thomas McNamara (R ACL Reconstruction), Martin Rivero (R ACL Reconstruction), Carlos Bocanegra (Concussion).

Questionable: Marvin Chavez (L Hamstring Strain), Mauro Rosales (L Hamstring Strain).

Projected Lineup

There isn't much complication to Chivas USA's lineup. They will play the traditional 4-4-2 formation.

GK: Dan Kennedy; RB: Akira Kaji; CB: Andrew Jean Baptise, Eriq Zavaleta; LB: Donny Toia; RM: Eric Avila; CM Nathan Sturgis, Agustin Pelletieri; LM: Marky Delgado; RF: Leandro Barrera; LF: Erick Torres

Key Matchup

Rosales vs. Moises Hernandez. Now this is based off whether or not Rosales will find himself in the starting lineup or making his way into the game as a substitute. If he plays, which he should, then Hernandez will have to have one of his better games to limit Rosales's playmaking abilities down the right wing. Rosales leads Chivas USA with eight assists on the seasons and creates opportunities on that right side. Rosales will be looking to feed runs to the corner or even dropping the ball to the that back post. And the Argentine midfielder has probably watched film and is talented enough to find Hernandez's arm inside the penalty box (too soon?).

Keys to Three Points

Torture Torres. It's impossible to take the win over Chivas USA without addressing Torres. The 21-year-old striker knows how to get the ball to the back of the net in any way, shape or form. The man has a miraculous 14 goals for Chivas USA and is tied for second in the league in scoring. He is the Chivas' offense. The lean, mean, Mexican machine can't be stopped, but if the FCD defense can throw him off his game early, he just may be. Walker Zimmerman will have to track Torres's back post runs while Stephen Keel will need to make sure the forward doesn't take any easy looks at frame.

Michel, make plays. If the Brazilian gets the start behind Blas Perez and Tesho Akindele, then he has to play the right balls and have an impressive performance for FCD success. He is one of the most skillful players on the squad, but he hasn't really shown that lately. He needs to provide a game where he shows he's worth more than set pieces. He just has to pllay through balls to a speedy Akindele and balls over the top to the veteran Perez or send good passes to Hernandez and Zach Loyd on the outside, and FCD's offense will be in business as victor.

Support Fernandez. Raul Fernandez had a stellar outing last Sunday against Vancouver, making remarkable saves to hold a 2-2 draw for the Hoops. However, Fernandez needs help. FCD's back line has to hold strong and not put their keeper in a position to fire shots off left and right, forcing Fernandez to create his highlight reel. Something needs to be fixed in the back from Fernandez's communication to his defense to his defenders closing gaps in the defensive-third.