MLS Saturday Gameday: Seattle Sounders at Chivas USA

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Seattle Sounders at Chivas USA, 7:30 p.m. Fox Sports West, KWHY

Ten points out of the playoff picture and with games rapidly evaporating despite having played fewer contests than any other club in MLS, Chivas USA and their fans are facing some uncomfortable truths: are the Goats realistically out of the post-season already? And will more vocal Sounders fans (55,000-plus at their last home game) show up at the game than Chivas USA ones?

Chivas USA are unbeaten in six out of the last eight matches — and that’s not good enough at this stage of the season given that half of those supposedly positive results involved ties.

LMU product and central defender Bobby Burling (ex-San Jose, Montreal) is now eligible to play, but defense is not Chivas USA’s problem, scoring goals is and the club needs more help than striker Tristan Bowen, 21, who made his season debut for the club last weekend after returning from Europe on loan.

Meanwhile, the Sounders are loaded up front, making Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy (seven shutouts) a pivotal figure as usual.

Still, it’s tough to see anything more than another season spinning wheels for Chivas USA (yet again).

The best reason to go see this game? It’s a chance to see the potential MLS champions (the Sounders), some of the league’s best players (Fredy Montero, Eddie Johnson, Mauro Rosales) steered by Torrance’s own Sigi Schmid.

Winger Ryan Smith remains doubtful for Chivas USA with a hamstring issue.

Notable: Chivas USA academy defenders Adonis Amaya (Westminster), and Malcom Jones (Chino Hills), and forward Bradford Jamieson (Los Angeles) will attend the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Residency Program this fall in Bradenton, Fla.

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