Streaking Rapids Head to LA Saturday to Battle Chivas USA; Match Preview & Viewing Party Details

DENVER (ColoradoRapids.com) - Riding high off Wednesday's 1-0 victory over the defending MLS Champion LA Galaxy the Rapids travel to the City of Angels this Saturday to battle Chivas USA for the first time this year.

The Rapids are heading into LA looking for a win and it looks like the deck is stacked in their favor. Now unbeaten in thier last 3 games Colorado also have never lost a game to Chivas going 3-0-1 all-time against the 'goats' from California. Rapids goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul and midfielder Terry Cooke are both leading Major League Soccer in their separate departments; Coundoul is currently the #1-ranked goalkeeper in MLS with a 0.77 Goals-Against-Average and Cooke is currently the #1 assist man in MLS with 6 assists to date more than any other player in the league.

For the full match preview of Saturday's match including projected lineups the latest injury report miscellaneous game notes broadcast information head-to-head stats and more CLICK HERE.

This Rapids will also be hosting an Official Away-Game Viewing Party for this match! The Rapids invite you to join other Rapids fans at The British Bulldog Denver's newest and best soccer bar! The game will be live for your viewing enjoyment.

Rapids vs. Chivas USA Viewing Party Details:

WHEN: Saturday June 3. Kickoff is at 8:00pm MT live on the MLS Direct Kick package!

WHERE: The British Bulldog located at 2052 Stout Street in Denver (Broadway and Stout are the cross streets). Phone: 303-295-7974. Get there early as seating is limited!

COST: Free to attend for fans of all ages!

The Colorado Rapids look forward to seeing all fans out at the British Bulldog for the game this Saturday!

Rapids at Chivas USA Match Preview
By MLSNet.com

CHIVAS USA v COLORADO RAPIDS
THE HOME DEPOT CENTER Carson Calif.
8 p.m. MT
TV: MLS Direct Kick Package
June 3 2006 (WEEK 10) / MLS Game #60

Chivas USA remain at home for a second consecutive weekend trying to build on a victory seven days ago their second on the campaign but first since the season opener before going on a five-match winless run. They play host to a Colorado Rapids side riding a three-game unbeaten streak that started at The Home Depot Center on May 20 with a 1-0 victory against the Los Angeles Galaxy - the first of two 1-0 victories against Chivas USA's fellow tenants in just 11 days time.

REFEREE: Terry Vaughn. SAR (bench): Emiliano Monje; JAR (opposite): Fabio Tovar; 4th: Kari Seitz
MLS Career: 63 games; FC/gm: 31.1; Y/gm: 4.0; R: 19; pens: 20
MLS 2006: 3 games; FC/gm: 32.0 (avg: 30.7); Y/gm: 5.0 (avg: 3.91); R: 0 (MLS: 9); pens: 2 (MLS: 14)
Games involving Chivas USA: P3 W1 L1 T1; FC/gm: 27.0; Y/gm: 4.0; R: 0; pens: 3
Games involving Rapids: P9 W5 L3 T1; FC/gm: 30.1; Y/gm: 4.1; R: 3; pens: 4

INJURY REPORT:
CHIVAS USA - OUT: MF Ramón Ramírez (L knee sprain) MF Mike Muñoz (R ankle tendonitis) DF Esteban Arias (concussion)
COLORADO RAPIDS - OUT: MF Matt Crawford (R hip); QUESTIONABLE: GK Matt Jordan (lower back): PROBABLE: FW Nicolas Hernandez (R hamstring strain)

INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES:
CHV: Claudio Suarez (Mexico; 2006 World Cup); John O'Brien (USA; 2006 World Cup)
COL: Pablo Mastroeni (USA; 2006 World Cup)

SUSPENDED: none

WARNINGS:
CHV: Ante Razov (suspended next yellow card); Jesse Marsch (suspended next yellow card)

LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD
ALL-TIME (4 meetings): Chivas USA 0 wins (0 shootout) 4 goals ...
Rapids 3 wins (0 shootout) 9 goals ... 1 draw
AT THE HOME DEPOT CENTER (2 meetings): Chivas USA 0 wins (0 shootout) 2 goals ...
Rapids 2 win (0 shootout) 6 goals ... 0 draws

This is the first of four meetings between the teams this season the first of two in Carson. They meet again in little less than three weeks on June 18 in Denver before completing the season set in the Mile High City in a July 21 matchup. Their final encounter will be Sept. 23 on Victoria Street.

LAST YEAR (MLS)
5/14: COL 2 CHV 1 (Henderson 30; Cunningham 78 - Suarez 67)
6/18: CHV 1 COL 3 (Martins 83 - Cunningham (30 62 78)
9/24: CHV 1 COL 3 (Torres 19 - Peguero 25; Kirovski 47; Ben-Dayan 90)
10/5: COL 1 CHV 1 (Ben-Dayan 33 - own goal 35)

A year ago the Rapids took three of the four meetings between the club in Chivas USA's inaugural season with the fourth match ending in a draw.

Coaches records: Bob Bradley v COL: P23 W11 L9 D3 ... Fernando Clavijo vs. CHV: P4 W3 L0 D1

CHIVAS USA
Chivas USA won for the first time since the opening weekend of the season getting an early goal and holding on for a 1-0 victory against the Chicago Fire last Saturday at The Home Depot Center. Chivas are now tied for fifth place in the Western Conference with stadium mates Los Angeles Galaxy both on seven points though Chivas (seven games) have played three games fewer. Both clubs are a full 14 points behind division-leading FC Dallas.

LAST MATCH
-Chivas USA was hoping matches on back-to-back weekends for the first time in more than a month - and a return home - would prove the recipe for a second victory on the season. The Chicago Fire meanwhile had the end of their nine-game road trip to begin the season in sight with just one more game on their travels remaining after the trip to California.
-It didn't take long for Chivas to open their account. Ante Razov collected a through ball on the left side of the area and fired a low shot toward the far post that Fire 'keeper Zach Thornton could only parry. It rolled out to the penalty spot where Juan Pablo Garcia came in to side-foot home into the right corner of the goal.
-Chivas head coach Bob Bradley gave Preston Burpo his MLS debut in goal - and he made the early goal stand up for his first MLS shutout the third for Chivas in four home games this season after allowed eight goals in two road matches leading into the Chicago match.
-Bradley made two changes in his team from the group that lost 5-4 to the New York Red Bulls the previous weekend. In addition to Burpo replacing Brad Guzan in goal Lawson Vaughn returned to right fullback as Tim Regan moved centrally and Carlos Llamosa was out to injury.
-Here's Bradley's team (4-4-2): Preston Burpo - Lawson Vaughn Jason Hernandez Tim Regan Jonathan Bornstein - Juan Pablo Garcia (Brent Whitfield 82) Sacha Kljestan Jesse Marsch Francisco Mendoza (Orlando Perez 71) - Juan Francisco Palencia (Matt Taylor 76) Ante Razov. [Substitutes Not Used: Brad Guzan Drew Helm Rodrigo Lopez Estuardo Sanchez]
-"For this team right now winning a 1-0 game that required concentration at the end and digging down probably is an important step Bradley said. "For the most part in our six previous games I think we played pretty well but just playing well and letting things go because you lose concentration doesn't make anybody happy."

TEAM NEWS
-Entering Saturday's game Chivas had played well enough to win more than just the one victory it had claimed but mistakes killed the club. The effort never wavered but the results had not gone Chivas' way. After maintaining a lead for 88 minutes however Chivas players and coaches said the club might have turned a corner.
-"Good teams know how to win games where you score a goal look for the second one but if it doesn't come you take your win and go home with it Bradley said. "That's not something we've been able to do up to now."
-In games against the Galaxy and New England Chivas had jumped out ahead 1-0 but finished both games with losses. The club was determined not to let that happen again against the Fire."We're still learning every week. We felt that the last two weeks we didn't give up many chances but we still gave up eight goals. You can't win games giving up those kinds of goals Bradley said. "There was an attitude tonight that things needed to be tighter and the concentration needed to be better."
-Bradley replaced starting keeper Brad Guzan with backup goalkeeper Preston Burpo on Saturday. The longtime United Soccer League goalkeeper responded with a clean sheet in his Major League Soccer debut. Burpo 33 previously played for Seattle Sounders and led that club to the USL First Division title a year ago.
-"I was anxious to get it going. I've been around a while so it was just another game but playing at home made it easier. You have the crowd behind you and that helped Burpo said. "(The defenders) all know their roles worked their (butts) off and came away with some points."
-That meant that Bradley put out a back four that included a pair of rookies in Lawson Vaughn and Jonathan Bornstein at fullback and second-year man Jason Hernandez and four-year "veteran" Tim Regan in central defense in front of a goalkeeper making his MLS debut. They came away with a shutout.
-"We're making progress Bradley said. "We worked a little bit this week with Jason and Timmy Regan in the center knowing that Carlos Llamosa's hamstring has still been a little bit tight. I think those two are pretty comfortable in terms of understanding each other and that was good to see."
-There is no immediate indication whether that means Burpo has won the goalkeeping job. "We just have to always work with (Guzan) make decisions week by week based on where he is and where Preston is and like any other competition assess it every week Bradley said.

COLORADO RAPIDS
The Colorado Rapids extended their unbeaten streak to three games defeating the Los Angeles Galaxy for the second time in 11 days again by a 1-0 scoreline this time in Denver. The Rapids are now tied for second place in the Western Conference with 14 points from nine matches level with Houston Dynamo both clubs seven points behind pace-setting FC Dallas.

LAST MATCH
-On May 20 at The Home Depot Center a Jacob Peterson goal after just 14 minutes was enough to give the Rapids the victory backstopped by some terrific goalkeeping Bouna Coundoul. At Invesco Field it was Dedi Ben-Dayan's goal that was all Colorado would need. Terry Cooke sent in a corner from the right and Ben-Dayan snuck in front of Galaxy defender Ugo Ihemelu to poke home a volley past Steve Cronin for the only goal of the game Cooke credited with his sixth assist on the campaign.
-The Rapids needed much fewer heroics from Coundoul down the stretch to claim the victory the Galaxy ending without a goal for the month of May seeing their club-record scoreless streak extended to 480 minutes (just 77 minutes shy of the MLS record set last year by Real Salt Lake) and equaling their club record losing streak of five games set in the inaugural season of 1996.
-Rapids head coach Fernando Clavijo made one change to the team that drew 2-2 with Real Salt Lake the weekend before in Utah. Aitor Karanka returned from injury coming back into central defense as Chris Wingert returned to the substitutes' bench.
-Here's Clavijo's team (4-1-3-2): Bouna Coundoul - Hunter Freeman Aitor Karanka Mike Petke Eric Denton - Kyle Beckerman - Terry Cooke Clint Mathis (Daniel Wasson 67) Dedi Ben-Dayan (Thiago Martins 79) - Jovan Kirovski (Dan Gargan 91+) Jacob Peterson. [Substitutes Not Used: Colin Clark Peter Dzubay Luchi Gonzalez Chris Wingert]
-"We were concerned with L.A. but we were able to play very direct today. We didn't play well we got the three points. We are a better team than what we showed today Clavijo said. "We were a little bit disorganized but we managed to keep them away from our goal. You have to be happy with that."

TEAM NEWS
-Despite coming away with the victory there was still a feeling of uncompleted business in the Rapids locker room. "Defensively we did well but there are just a couple of things we have to go back and talk about. Anytime you get three points and it is against a division rival it is great and we have to be happy about that Clavijo said. "The sign of a good team is being able to get results no matter what. We are getting results right now."
-The Rapids outshot the Galaxy 16-7 and limited the visitors to four shots on goal - just one in the second half. But despite dominating possession and generating a clear advantage in scoring opportunities the Rapids were able to score just the one goal.
-"We need to finish games like this Clavijo said. "We didn't do enough of a good job. We allowed them to think that they may have a chance when realistically they shouldn't."
-Said Cooke: "We've got to start killing teams off and go get that second goal and then go for that third goal."
-Cooke is now in the league lead in assists with six. But he didn't think he did much to earn the one that set up Ben- Dayan's goal. "I never figure on anyone being there (to receive corner kicks) he said to the Rocky Mountain News. "The thing is I put the ball into areas. There should be people in there if the delivery is right."
-The Rapids have now taken 10 of a possible 15 points at home. But they've only scored eight goals in five matches in Denver one of the lowest home returns in the league. "At Invesco Field we need to attack more and more and that's what we did (Wednesday) Ben-Dayan said to the Denver Post. "We got a lot of chances. We score one but still we got three points."
-The Galaxy were missing a number of key performers including Landon Donovan Cobi Jones and Peter Vagenas. But the Rapids were still somewhat surprised they weren't pressed more. "I wouldn't say they were desperate Rapids defender Eric Denton said to the Post. "It just looked like a lack of passion in general."