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                  === Rapids tangle with struggling Chivas ===
 
 Commerce City, CO (SportsNetwork.com) -  The Colorado Rapids  will hope to
 continue their dominance over Chivas USA on Sunday when the Rapids welcome the
 Goats to Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
 
 Colorado's  last  loss against  Chivas came  on March 21,  2009, with the club
 going 8-0-3 against the Goats since that time.
 
 Rapids  goalkeeper Clint  Irwin was largely to thank for the Rapids claiming a
 0-0  draw  at San Jose  on Wednesday  as he made  seven saves and denied Chris
 Wondolowski  late in the match by tipping his shot onto the post to preserve a
 point for his side.
 
 Head  coach  Pablo Mastroeni was pleased  with the overall effort of his team,
 and was happy to come away from San Jose with a point.
 
 "I  think  we came in with  the right mindset:  try and go at them," Mastroeni
 said  of his team's strategy against the Earthquakes. "We had a few chances at
 goal  in the  first half,  had  a few  in the  second  half and  I think  most
 importantly  that  the effort was there,  the mindset was there, the mentality
 was  there,  and they fought  hard to get  a point in  a really tough place to
 play."
 
 Mastroeni  can certainly be pleased with the effort as well as the performance
 of his defense, but the boss has to be a bit concerned with his team's lack of
 goals over the past month.
 
 The  Rapids  have scored  just three  goals in their  last five matches, while
 Vicente  Sanchez leads  the  club with  five goals,  including  four from  the
 penalty spot.
 
 Outside  of Sanchez,  only Jose Mari has  scored more than once this season in
 league  play for  the  Rapids,  with Mastroeni  needing  more production  from
 forwards Deshorn Brown and Edson Buddle.
 
 Chivas has plenty of problems of its own in front of goal with the club having
 failed to score more than one goal in any of its last eight games.
 
 After  a 3-2 win  over Chicago to open the season, Chivas has yet to duplicate
 that  kind of performance, and the club is still searching for its first clean
 sheet of the season, which will be a help to Colorado's struggling attack.
 
 
 
 
 05/09 16:11:12 ET

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