FCD looks to extend streak vs. Chivas

It's been a busy second half of July for FC Dallas, which in the span of eight days visited the largest cities in Canada, the United States and El Salvador.

Despite a trio of excellent results, it must be happy to return to Pizza Hut Park.

Dallas has recorded shutouts in three consecutive home games and seven of its past eight, a trend it hopes to continue Sunday when it faces Chivas USA.

Since playing D.C. to a scoreless draw July 16 in its last home game, Dallas (11-5-6) has spent the past 10 days jet-setting across North America.

After Brek Shea netted his team-leading eighth goal in a 1-0 win in Toronto on July 20, Marvin Chavez scored twice in a 2-2 draw at New York last Saturday.

Chavez had just three goals over his previous 44 MLS games.

"He is one of those guys that is willing to work for us offensively, he is able to win the ball in advantageous spots," goalkeeper Kevin Hartman told the league's official website of Chavez. "He gets to the goal quickly. He makes good runs. He is a small guy, he is willing to compete against much bigger defenders and try to win headers for us."

The traveling continued with the first leg of a CONCACAF Champions League play-in match Thursday in San Salvador, where Brazilian midfielder Jackson scored to lift Dallas past Alianza FC 1-0.

The second leg will be Wednesday at Pizza Hut Park.

In the meantime, coach Schellas Hyndman's club welcomes Chivas (6-7-8), which it beat 2-1 on June 18 at The Home Depot Center. Shea got Dallas on the board before Jackson broke a tie with a goal in the 85th minute.

Chivas has a tough task in Sunday's rematch considering Dallas hasn't allowed a goal in seven of its last eight home matches, but it's coming off one of its best offensive performances of the season.

After a scoreless draw against the visiting Red Bulls on July 16, Chivas broke through last Saturday thanks to Justin Braun. The fourth-year striker scored twice in the first half and completed his second hat trick of the season in the 86th minute of a 3-0 win over Houston.

Chivas ran its unbeaten streak to five but continuing that run won't be easy. Sunday's match is the first of five straight on the road for Chivas, which is 2-3-4 away from home.

"We are not afraid to go on the road," said All-Star midfielder Nick LaBrocca, who has six goals -- one behind Braun for the team lead. "If we can translate what we've done in these last five games onto the road trip, I think we'll be a handful for any team we play."

Dallas has won the last three meetings in the series.