Real Salt Lake saw a number of streaks come to an end in its last two matches. Chivas USA looks to keep its going strong.
Salt Lake hopes to get back on track Saturday against visiting Chivas, which is riding a five-game unbeaten run.
Salt Lake (4-1-0) had its 18-game unbeaten streak snapped last Saturday in a 1-0 loss to Portland, falling one game shy of the MLS record. Its overall four-game winning streak and 34-game home unbeaten run came to an end with a 1-0 loss in the CONCACAF Champions League final April 27.
The loss against the Timbers also snapped a nine-game road unbeaten streak.
"We've seen the end of what was a fantastic run in the CONCACAF Champions League, we see the end of a four-game winning streak, and we see the end of an 18-game unbeaten streak," coach Jason Kreis told MLS' official website.
"But with the ending of everything comes the beginning of something new, so we need to get ready for what should be a fantastic May with a lot of home games."
Salt Lake plays three of its four matches this month at Rio Tinto Stadium, where it is 20-0-10 in MLS play since losing May 16, 2009, against Kansas City.
The Portland match was Salt Lake's first in league play since April 13, though the team played non-MLS competition during that span. The goal allowed last Saturday was just the second it's given up in MLS action this season and first since March 26 against Los Angeles, snapping a 213-minute shutout streak. The two goals allowed are tied for the league lead.
Chivas (2-2-3) may have enough offense to counter Salt Lake's stingy defense.
Chivas beat New England 3-0 last Saturday for its second straight win and has outscored its opponents 6-2 during its unbeaten run.
Of its eight total goals, Alejandro Moreno has played a role in five. He had a goal and his first two assists of the season against the Revolution.
"He's been extremely solid all year long and is such a critical piece of leadership on this team, even if you don't think of your forward as being that way," coach Robin Fraser said. "He's the kind of guy that does all the dirty work to make his team win and it's not about him or his glory - he could care less about that."
The streak follows two losses to begin the season, and Chivas seems to have found its groove.
"When we lost our first few games, we still had a belief system in what we were trying to do. We weren't there yet, but we didn't hit the panic button and change the way we play," defender Heath Pearce said. "We stuck to the philosophy of what we're trying to do and it's starting to come to fruition for us."
Chivas is 9-5-4 in the all-time series but 0-2-1 at Rio Tinto Stadium since it opened in 2008.