It’s three points or bust for the Sounders when they travel to the StubHub Center to take on cellar-dwelling Chivas USA on Wednesday night.
Last time out: Sounders 2, Chivas 1 on April 19 at the StubHub Center — Clint Dempsey dished out a pair of a assists, the second of which led to Obafemi Martins’ game-winning goal in the final 10 minutes.
Battle to watch: Sounders vs. Chivas’ inner demons
The Los Angeles club has lost six straight matches and been held scoreless in every one of them. Chivas’ last goal came all the way back in July, and even that was just a consolation, 84th-minute penalty kick in a match it already trailed 3-0.
With so little recent positive reinforcement, any kind of early setback could send heads dropping straight back down to the turf. Take Chivas’ 3-0 loss to the Galaxy last Sunday: The Goats actually hung around for most of the first half, only for Gyasi Zardes to send the Galaxy into the locker room with a lead courtesy of a 41th-minute goal.
“Their will broke a little bit,” Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said, “but it was work prior to that.
“If can get up a goal or two, then hopefully some of the bad memories will come up again.”
Player to watch: Chivas USA forward Felix Borja
With Mauro Rosales off to Vancouver and Erick “Cubo” Torres both with the Mexican national team and on a red-card suspension, Chivas’ goal-scoring drought could take on historic proportions. It’s already the longest in MLS this season, and with another shutout, the team will be within one minute of the second-longest such streak in league history.
Borja has yet to find the net since joining Chivas on loan for LDU Quito in mid-August, but the former Olympiakos and Mainz 05 man has the pedigree to make an impact.
“Borja has proven himself in Europe, that he can score goals in other places,” Schmid said. “He’s still trying to find his legs in MLS, and hopefully he doesn’t find his legs against us.”
How to watch: The match will be televised locally on JOEtv and regionally on ROOT Sports, with kickoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m.