NYON, Switzerland – After tying the franchise's longest winless streak, the New England Revolution are on the verge of matching their longest unbeaten run of the season.
The Revolution will likely have some help in that attempt with their first designated player, Milton Caraglio, expected to make his debut Saturday night against visiting Chivas USA.
New England (4-9-9) went nine games without a victory for the fourth time in team history with a 3-0 loss to Philadelphia in its previous home contest July 17.
The Revolution have followed that stretch by going 1-0-2 and almost claimed another win last Saturday before giving up a goal in the 89th minute during a 1-all draw with Sporting Kansas City.
New England, which started 1-0-3, has scored the fewest goals (20) in MLS but hopes to change that after signing Caraglio on Tuesday. The 22-year-old Argentine forward scored 11 goals over 49 games in his home country's top league.
"We've made no secret about it over the past few months that this summer window we were looking to add at least one attacking player, and we're still going to look to add another one by (Aug. 15)," vice president of player personnel Michael Burns told the team's official website. "We feel like we've addressed a need that we've been trying to address for the last few months."
The Revolution could use Caraglio's help, as they've been outscored 11-0 in four straight losses to Chivas USA (6-8-8).
Chivas enters this game after falling short of matching its longest unbeaten run in nearly two years. It was 2-0-3 before a 1-0 road defeat to FC Dallas on Sunday. Chivas hadn't gone unbeaten in six straight since Sept. 13-Oct. 17, 2009.
"Games are games. Sometimes they don't go the way you want them to, but in my mind, it doesn't affect what happens (this) week," coach Robin Fraser told the league's official website. "We look at this game; we talk about putting a bit more quality on the ball, and we recover for next week."
Not having to deal with the 102-degree heat of Dallas again and facing the Revolution might help Fraser's club recover. Chivas earned a 3-0 home victory over New England on April 30.
It also prevailed 4-0 during its previous trip to Gillette Stadium last May, matching its largest margin of victory in franchise history. Justin Braun had a goal in that game and scored three of his team-best seven in a 3-0 win over Houston on July 23.