Week 4 of MLS is just a few hours away from starting, and fans are certainly excited for all that is coming their way this week. One game in particular that fans must keep an eye on will not be played until Sunday at 3:00 P.M. EST. That game is Chivas USA vs. the New York Red Bulls. A game that certainly has numerous talented players, but one player holds the key victory, Mauro Rosales.
Since his switch down the western coast line from the Seattle Sounders to now Chivas USA, Rosales has performed better than critics gave him credit for. In his first three games with Chivas, Rosales leads the league with three assists. One major component of his success has been having a forward like Erick Torres to pass the ball to. Torres has certainly added a new and dynamic piece to the “goats” attack this season. With the dynamic-duo of Rosales and Torres, teams are finding it hard to slow down the shifty offense.
The club’s upcoming matchup against New York on Sunday will provide another formidable test. New York has not lived up to preseason hype yet, as the team has grabbed just two points from their first three games of the season. Goal scoring machine Thierry Henry has tallied just one goal this season; although it was a thing of pure beauty, the club has yet to see more from the Frenchmen.
Overall, Rosales will be called upon to lead the Chivas offense to victory this weekend. He already has three assists in three games, which, by the way, is just five less than what he had all last season with Seattle. Rosales and Chivas are certainly sitting in a very good spot to continue to silence critics this season with their dynamic play.
Prediction: Chivas USA 2, New York Red Bulls 1