Alvarez says short bounce-back is needed

Red-and-White will look to turn the page and close out homestand with a win on Saturday

Chivas USA fell 2-0 on Wednesday night in the first leg of their two-game homestand against the Portland Timbers. The Rojiblancos generated solid looks at goal and neither side dominated the possession battle, yet still came away from the conference defeat frustrated over not being able to convert on the handful of chances in their final third throughout the match.

After watching their two-game unbeaten streak come to an end, several of the Red-and-White players mentioned that the best remedy to forget the loss will be to get back on the pitch as quick as possible. The squad has a short turnaround time and will host Eastern Conference side Philadelphia Union on Saturday in an interconference clash.

“I think it’s a good chance,” said midfielder Carlos Alvarez, who came on to start the second half. “At the end of the day, when you play soccer you want to come back on the field and tell yourself that you’re good enough, so having a short time to think about [Wednesday] is definitely going to be beneficial for us.

“It’s a little frustrating because we couldn’t score, but at the end of the day we got chances, and we just need to take advantage of that.  We need to keep working while believing in the philosophy that our coaching staff is trying to implement.”

Head Coach Wilmer Cabrera’s squad has been strong against clubs from the East this season, having defeated the Chicago Fire in the season opener at home and secured a road point against the New York Red Bulls in late March.

The Union enter the contest struggling in their own right, as they have recorded the second-lowest number of points in the East. With those two factors in mind, the Goats will look to deliver three points at home and add to their 10-point total.

“The team is looking to get the three points this weekend and we just need to keep working,” Alvarez added.  “We just need to recover and that’s the best thing we can do for our bodies, to recover. We just need to keep working every day more and more, just to get better as a player, as an individual and as a team.”

The interconference showdown will mark the only meeting between the clubs during the regular season and will be televised on Time Warner Cable Deportes. Radio listeners can also catch the action on ESPN Deportes Radio KWKU 1220 AM. For more information follow the club on Twitter and Facebook.

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