FC Dallas is on the brink of recording its longest winless streak in team history, but a matchup with Chivas USA might help it avoid that dubious feat.
While attempting to end its 10-game drought, Dallas will seek to continue its mastery of a potentially fatigued Chivas squad Saturday night.
FC Dallas (3-9-4) matched its winless streak from July 2-Sept. 10, 2005, with a contentious 2-1 loss at rival Houston last Saturday. Before giving up the go-ahead goal in the 76th minute, Dallas players were involved in a brief tussle after defender Jair Benitez hit Dynamo midfielder Colin Clark in the head.
Benitez is suspended for his team's attempt to snap an 0-7-3 skid and the start of a season-high three-game homestand.
"I think we're getting to the point in the season where we really need to get results," defender Zach Loyd told the league's official website. "We keep dropping in the standings with less and less games to make up points so I think with the three-game home stretch here, we're shooting for nine points."
FC Dallas will now be facing a team it's beaten four straight times, and Chivas USA (5-7-3) will also be playing its third match in eight days.
Chivas has already earned one victory during its hectic stretch, 2-1 over Montreal on Wednesday, as Juan Pablo Angel broke the tie in the 82nd minute with his third goal in five games. The club's second win in nine league matches snapped a three-game winless drought.
"Certainly we gained some confidence out of doing some things well in this game and ultimately getting a result," coach Robin Fraser said. "We have to regroup and get ourselves ready for what's going to be a difficult game. Regardless of Dallas' record, they're a team full of good players. For anyone to take them lightly would be ridiculous."
Chivas probably won't do that because it hasn't scored in each of its last two games in Dallas, dropping both by 1-0 margins. FC Dallas has won 2-1 in each of the other two recent matchups, both on the road.
Brek Shea opened the scoring during a win in Southern California last June but is questionable for this game because of a bruised foot. Leading scorer Blas Perez, George John and Ricardo Villar are listed as questionable while four other players remain out, most notably David Ferreira.
Chivas forward Jose Correa and midfielder Miller Bolanos remain questionable while four other players are expected to sit out.