Raging Bulls Stampede Southern California
All-time record: Even, 3-3-4
What’s at Stake?
The worst start to a season in Chivas USA history. The Red-and-White have never begun a campaign with three consecutive losses and don’t want to start now. Currently sitting at the bottom of the Western Conference, the Goats are in desperate need of three points against the Red Bulls on Saturday.
The Red Bulls, on the other hand, are off to a magical start, posting two shutout wins, including their first road victory in 28 tries. Coach Hans Backe, who underwent surgery to remove his gallbladder on Monday, is expected back on the sidelines, and his brand of team-oriented defense and speed-demon counterattacks could run riot over the HDC’s big field.
Last Meeting: September 26, 2009
An 84th-minute strike from Juan Pablo Ángel gave the Red Bulls a share of the points in a 1-1 draw at the Home Depot Center. The result earned the Red Bulls one of only two road points accumulated during all of last season.
On May 20, 2006, New York and Chivas USA played a wild game at Giants Stadium. The Red Bulls won the match 5-4, with seven of the nine goals coming in the second half. It is one of only three matches in Chivas USA’s last 125 games that the side has scored four or more goals. For New York, the victory was one of the few high points in the first year of Red Bull’s ownership of the club.
Heroes & Villains
Michael Umaña and Darío Delgado vs. Juan Pablo Ángel
The arrival of Delgado this week gives Chivas USA a pair of Costa Ricans in central defense. The two have played together before and are comfortable in their partnership. However, prolific scorer Ángel, who has found the back of the net 45 times in 74 MLS appearances, has undone comfortable partnerships time and again in MLS. Can Umaña and Delgado deal with Ángel’s aerial presence?
Chivas USA vs. Bouna Coundoul
Bouna Condoul is one of only three MLS goalkeepers to have earned two shutouts in his first two outings this season. Chivas USA are one of only two side to have played two matches in 2010 without scoring any goals. Odds are, something’s got to give.
Stat that makes you go “Hmm….”
New York has never beaten Chivas USA at the Home Depot Center. The Red Bulls have never even scored more than one goal against the Red-and-White in California.
He Said It:
“[The Red Bulls] are off to a good start and we’re on the opposite end of that right now. I think a lot of guys understand that we need to get a good result this weekend so we can start turning this thing in the right direction.”— Chivas USA defender Jonathan Bornstein