Kljestan missed another two matches due to separate yellow card accumulation suspensions. Midfielder Paulo Nagamura, acquired from Toronto on May 4, spent a month on the bench after spraining his knee July 7. Defender Lawson Vaughn was out for three weeks, nursing a foot injury. He missed three matches in June. Despite the shuffles, Preki managed to put together lineups that translated into one of the best teams in Major League Soccer. “When you lose one piece or two pieces it always hurts you,” Preki said. From news services Injuries, suspensions and national team duties had Chivas USA coach Preki moving players around the field like pieces on a chessboard. Reaching the playoffs seemed unlikely early in the season for Chivas USA, which nevertheless can clinch a slot in the postseason with a win tonight against the Kansas City Wizards at Home Depot Center. Defender Jonathan Bornstein, midfielder Sacha Kljestan and goalkeeper Brad Guzan joined the U.S. national team in June and July during the CONCACAF Gold Cup and Copa America. Bornstein was gone for about a month and Kljestan and Guzan each missed three games. With six games remaining, Chivas (13-6-5) is second in the Western Conference with 44 points – one behind Houston – and is unbeaten in its last seven games. At home, Chivas USA is undefeated with the league’s best home record (9-0-2). U.S. exhibition canceled The U.S. soccer team’s exhibition game against Catalonia on Oct. 14 in Barcelona was canceled Friday after the Royal Spanish Football Federation failed to approve the match. Catalonia is not a FIFA member and the Spanish federation’s permission was needed for the game. The Americans have two remaining games this year: on Oct. 17 against Switzerland in Basel and on Nov. 17 against South Africa in Johannesburg. The U.S. team has lost five straight games, its longest skid since 1994, following a 10-0-1 start under new coach Bob Bradley. Staff writer Ivan Orozco contributed to this notebook.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!