Carl's Keys to the Game vs. Chivas USA

The legend tells us what the 'Caps need to do to get another win

Carl's Keys vs. Chivas

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Focus

Jose Luis Real presented as new Chivas USA head coach

This is a very challenging and dangerous game for our 'Caps. This will be head coach José Luis Real's first game in charge of Chivas USA so it will make it hard for Martin Rennie and his staff to know what formation and tactics he will use. The Goats sit last in the West and have been on a bad run of form, which prompted the club to change coaches. Our 'Caps will not know which players the new coach will insert into his lineup, making this game very unpredictable. Usually when a new coach is hired the team gets a lift and some renewed confidence so we should expect to see a fired up Chivas team.

We are at home - where we are unbeaten and are coming off a thrilling 4-3 come from behind victory over New England - so there is no reason to fear a last-place team. Fear, no, but we do have to have focus at the start of the game and be ready to play straight from the whistle. We can make this a very hard game for ourselves if we start off slow and give this team any glimmer of hope. If we let this team frustrate us, then the game could turn into a battle.

Our 'Caps should be confident being at home in front of our fans but the focus has to there to capitalize on our advantage.

Team defence

'Caps prepare to host Chivas USA

We know that we can outscore teams at home, but it’s important that we have a solid game defensively. We have played games this year where we have created numerous chances and they have not gone in, and that can happen in any game.

I feel it’s important to limit the chances that Chivas have and, as a team, look to shut them out. To be honest I would gladly take a 1-0 victory in this game over another 4-3 win, because we can’t keep relying on outscoring teams to win games. I know it would give our team a boost to put in a solid performance with and without the ball.

More Daigo Kobayashi

Kobayashi gets on the board against Columbus

I feel this could be a game that Kobayashi could flourish in, and if we can get him going on the level that Teibert, Camilo, and Miller are at we can be in for a real treat.

I have watched Daigo in training and have seen flashes of what he is capable of. He now appears to be over his injury and has a full game under his belt. With the attacking trio he has in front of him and the vision and range of passing he possesses I feel this game is made for him. Whether Chivas parks the bus or continues to play an open game, we have to use the strength of Kobayashi's game and get him the ball in the centre of the field behind the striker and let him go to work.

Can you imagine a fearsome foursome of Teibert, Camilo, Miller and Kobayashi all playing to their potential.