Union at Chivas USA

Posted: April 21, 2012

What: Union (1-3-1, four points) at Chivas USA (3-3-0, nine points)

When: Saturday,

10:30 p.m.

Where: Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif.

TV: The Comcast Network

On the web: Streaming online at MLSSoccer.com

About the Goats: Chivas has hit its stride and is coming off a pair of road wins against Portland and Toronto FC. However, the Goats are still looking for their first home win of the season. . . . Chivas will be without star forward Juan Pablo Angel, who has missed the last five matches with a concussion. Filling the void will be former Union forward Alejandro Moreno and possibly the debut of Jose Erick Correa. Taking a page from the Union's guide to scouting foreign talent, Chivas visited the 19-year-old Colombian and enticed him to try out. Correa was one of the leading scorers in Colombia's first division this season with six goals in 12 matches. Correa's spot in the starting lineup on Saturday night depends on the finalization of his visa and other paperwork. . . . The player to watch is Chivas midfielder Ryan Smith, who has a pair of assists. He is among the team leaders in shots (six) and shots on goal (three). . . . Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy has been tough of late. His clean sheet over Toronto FC last Saturday earned him MLS player of the week honors, making him the first goalkeeper to win the award. Kennedy boasts an 0.67 goals against average allowing just four goals on 29 shots.

Injuries: Union: Krystian Witkowski, forward (concussion) and Roger Torres, midfielder (left knee menisectomy/MCL sprain/tibial contusion) are out. Danny Califf, defender (left hamstring strain) is questionable. Sheanon Williams, defender (lip laceration) and Carlos Valdes, defender (right calf strain) are probable. Chivas USA: Marvin Iraheta, midfielder (left knee ACL) is out. Pete Vagenas, midfielder (rib contusion) and Juan Pablo Angel, forward (concussion symptoms) are questionable. Michael Lahoud, defender (right hamstring strain), and Ben Zemanski, midfielder (right knee MCL sprain) are probable.

- Kerith Gabriel

 

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