Two bottom-feeding sides have been turning a bit of a corner recently, with each club aiming to translate a positive few weeks into a longer run.Saturday's MLS contest between Chivas USA and the Montreal Impact comes at a time when each club is experiencing a bit of a revival.
The Goats are mired in second-to-last place in the Western Conference, while the Impact are dead last in the East. Yet both sides go to the StubHub Center boasting two-game unbeaten streaks, with Chivas actually having won its last two MLS matches.
Leading Chivas is on-loan striker Erick "Cubo" Torres, whose personal form has not been affected by his side's overall standing. The young Mexican loanee has established himself as a legitimate challenger for the MLS Golden Boot, having scored 11 times already in 2014.
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Torres' talents in front of goal are a huge reason for Chivas' two-game win streak, as the 21-year-old struck the lone goal in each 1-0 victory (over Real Salt Lake and the San Jose Earthquakes, respectively). The visitors will have to limit his chances in front of goal if they are to get anything out of Saturday's match.
One thing that Montreal can claim is a young, in-form goal scorer of its own. Jack McInerney has been the focal point of the Impact attack since joining the Quebecers earlier this season, and his chemistry with winger Justin Mapp has resulted in a notable uptick in goals for Montreal.
With both sides looking improved over the past few weeks, and each led by a youthful, in-form striker, Saturday could see an exciting match between Chivas and the Impact. Who would have predicted that a month ago?