Confident Chivas USA looks to exploit Revs

Chivas USA hope to keep their road momentum going after securing their first road point

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Photo Credit: 
David Lindholm/Chivas USA

The basics

New England (2-3-1, 7 pts., t-4th Eastern Conference) v. Chivas USA
(2-3-1, 7 pts., t-6th Western Conference)

New England lead the all-time series 5-3-2 and hold a 4-1-0 edge at
Gillette Stadium.

What's at stake?

Chivas USA hope to keep their road momentum going after securing
their first point away from the Home Depot Center with a 1-1 draw at
Chicago on Saturday, while New England wants to conclude its frustrating
three-match homestand with a victory.

Last meeting:

Chivas USA earned a 2-0 victory at the Home Depot Center on Sept. 13,
2009. Maicon Santos opened the
scoring after ten minutes and Sacha Kljestan's
second-half penalty kick—converted after Matt Reis hauled down Eduardo Lillingston—sealed the points for the
Red-and-White.

Heroes & Villains

Chivas USA central midfielder Sacha Kljestan v. New England
central midfielder Pat Phelan:
Kljestan
causes problems for opposing midfielders with his movement and his
ability to shoot from distance. In order to ensure
Chivas USA don’t benefit from the time and space other teams have
exploited against the Revolution in recent weeks, Phelan—deprived of
central midfield partner Joseph Niouky through suspension—will have to
make sure to track the Red-and-White captain as he attempts to create
through the middle.

Chivas USA fullbacks Jonathan Bornstein
and Mariano Trujillo v. New
England wingers Sainey Nyassi and Khano Smith:
With Niouky and Kheli Dube suspended, Smith looks likely to earn
his first start since returning to the Revs. If Smith does get the nod,
he will balance out the Revolution attack by adding more pace on the
left to match Nyassi's speed down the right. Nyassi and Smith will look
to stay high in order to limit Bornstein and Trujillo's ability to join
the Chivas USA attack and test them defensively.  

Stat that makes you go “Hmm ...”

Chivas have never won at Gillette Stadium in five attempts. New
England have won four of those five meetings, including the last two by
shutout.

He said it

“In my eyes, I think this is a must-win game for us. Coming in here
[at the end of] a three-game homestand, we have a loss and a tie. We
definitely need to finish it up with a win so we can get some momentum
and a little bit more confidence heading into Columbus on Saturday.”
—New England defender Darrius Barnes