Both teams sit at the bottom of their respective conference tables with virtually no chance of advancing to the postseason.
United (4-14-3) is coming off its first win in eight MLS fixtures, 2-0, over the expansion Philadelphia Union, the first win for interim head coach Ben Olsen.
The win, which was spearheaded by two Danny Allsopp goals, also ended a five- game losing streak for United.
"What in a lot of ways I'm most happy about is zero goals, that's a big feat and that's probably more impressive than Danny [Allsopp]'s two goals right now," Olsen said.
Chivas USA (5-11-4), on the other hand, hasn't scored in two games, going winless in three games.
The team is coming off a 1-0 loss at FC Dallas last weekend and hopes to get back on the scoreboard at home against United on Sunday.
"We had a poor first half," Chivas USA coach Martin Vasquez told mlssoccer.com after the Dallas loss. "We created chances in the second half, but I thought [FCD goalkeeper Kevin Hartman] came up big and we couldn't put one away. Overall, a good second half, but where we are, we can't afford to not be good in the first half."
Chivas would be without midfielder Blair Gavin because of a hamstring strain. while United will be without Brandon Barklage and Rodney Wallace because of injuries. Defenders Carey Talley and Juan Manuel Pena and forward Chris Pontius are also listed as questionable with injuries.