Two teams that are mired in four-match winless streaks square off on the pitch Saturday when Los Angeles FC visits the San Jose Earthquakes at Avaya Stadium.
San Jose has three losses and a tie during its drought, while LAFC had two setbacks and two draws. Coincidentally, both teams’ last victory came against the Minnesota United.
The recent swoon has put a damper on a strong start by LAFC (6-4-3), but coach Bob Bradley said the vibe around his squad remains high.
“In that stretch, we had two difficult away matches, Portland and Dallas,” Bradley told reporters. “There were positives in both, but those are teams that are on good runs right now. Going to those places and coming back with points means you got to be consistent over 90 minutes, and I don’t think we were in either case.
“We tend to focus on just the lessons from each game and try to apply them moving forward. We knew we had left some points on the table, but all and all we were still feeling OK about the overall direction we were headed.”
San Jose (2-8-3) badly needs to start posting some victories if it wants to contend for a Western Conference playoff spot.
Earthquakes coach Mikael Stahre is pointing at back-to-back home games against LAFC and the New England Revolution as a good time to start a turnaround.
“We have two extremely important league games now,” Stahre told reporters. “We are close, but we’re obviously not good enough. We have to win now, with two extremely important games at home.
“It will be super important for us to bring back the confidence and show the fans and ownership and everyone that we’re proud to play for the club and show the qualities in order to win.”
Forward Danny Hoesen has scored a team-best seven goals and had the lone tally in last Saturday’s 2-1 loss to the Chicago Fire.
“We want to win, and I prefer to play worse and get some points,” Hoesen told reporters. “This is part of the game and in the situation we are now, we have 21 games left and we need to get going. That’s all I can do.”
Carlos Vela leads LAFC with seven goals and fellow forward Diego Rossi has scored five.
Forward Adama Diomande had the lone goal as LAFC lost 2-1 to FC Dallas last Saturday.
—Field Level Media