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Chivas USA vs Colorado Rapids - Game Preview

On Saturday, April 13th, the Colorado Rapids will travel to Carson, California to take on Chivas USA at the Home Depot Center.

Mario de Luna has impressed for Chivas USA since his loan from parent club Chivas Guadalajara of Mexico
Mario de Luna has impressed for Chivas USA since his loan from parent club Chivas Guadalajara of Mexico

The Colorado Rapids will take on Chivas USA for the first time in 2013 on April 13th. It will be the Rapids second trip to Los Angeles this season as the LA Galaxy and Chivas USA both share the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. Colorado has not lost to Chivas USA since 2009, with the team recording 6 wins and 2 draws over that stretch.

Colorado (1-3-2) are coming off a 1-0 win over rivals Real Salt Lake on the weekend. The victory was the first of 2013 for the Rocky Mountain club and will definitely be a moral-boosting win as the club moves forward. Drew Moor will also return from a two-game suspension. Also noteworthy, Colorado suffered no injuries after the RSL match, which is a victory in itself considering the injury crisis the club currently has.

Chivas USA (3-1-1) are currently 2nd place in the Western Conference. The Rojiblancos have surprised in the early stages of the campaign and have impressed under new head coach Jose Luis Sanchez Sola. The former Puebla and Estudiantes Tecos coach released many veterans and has brought in Mexican players Mario de Luna and Edgar Mejia on loan from parent club Chivas Guadalajara of Mexico. Both of these players have made a quick transition into MLS.

The Rapids are looking to build on their first win of the season while Rapids head coach Oscar Pareja might have a slight selection headache with Drew Moor returning to the lineup considering Colorado's back line has impressed since the veteran's suspension. Pareja has stated he has not decided if Moor will start against Chivas USA. Regardless of who starts in central defense, the Rapids will be looking to stop the Rojiblancos 4-game unbeaten streak.