Two teams, two similar yet very different seasons so far. Chivas USA was one of the hottest teams at the start of the year; finishing the month of March with a 3-1-1 record. The Colorado Rapids on the other hand started March with a 0-3-2 record and most fans were assuming the worst for the team.
During the offseason both teams jettisoned a number of players (15 for Chivas and 13 for the Rapids). With both teams almost starting over it looked like they would both be toward the bottom of the West once again. That is not what we saw at the start of the season, however April was a different story. Since then the Rapids have gone 4-1-2 while Chivas has gone 0-5-1 since than as well, including a 1-0 lose to the Rapids. With both these teams facing each other for the second time on Saturday we get to see either an extension of two streaks, or the breaking of both.
What has been the biggest detriment to the Rapids so far this year is lack of goals. With Edson Buddle returning from suspension we will finally get to see him play with Martin Rivero. This combination is probably the biggest thing that Rapids fans have been looking forward to all season. This team has yet to find a player to consistently put the ball in the back of the net.
This game could help spark a goal scoring spree by the Rapids. Chivas has given up 15 goals in their last 6 games (an average of 2.5 goals per game). The combination of a healthy Buddle and Rivero along with the way the Rapids have been creating chances lately I might have to alter my weekly prediction to more than 1 goal for the Rapids.