Los Angeles FC hopes their latest dominating victory will finally give them some elusive momentum Sunday as they host the struggling San Jose Earthquakes.
LAFC (5-5-3, 18 points) enters off a commanding 6-0 victory at home Wednesday over the Vancouver Whitecaps. Bradley Wright-Phillips scored two goals while Diego Rossi added one, his league-leading 11th goal of the season.
Wright-Phillips was named MLS player of the week, the 12th time in his career he has earned the honor.
Although the victory helped make up for a 3-0 defeat to the Seattle Sounders last weekend, LAFC has shown wild inconsistency lately. Before losing to the Sounders, they defeated the Portland Timbers 4-2, but that came after 3-0 losses to Real Salt Lake (Sept. 9) and the Los Angeles Galaxy (Sept. 6).
"We've just not been as sharp as we can be," LAFC head coach Bob Bradley said. "We've had stretches in every game where we feel good, but there are moments where we have hurt ourselves. We just have to be more consistent and regain confidence and try to improve in all areas."
As impressive as LAFC were on Wednesday, the Earthquakes (2-6-5, 11 points) were completely the opposite. San Jose fell 5-0 on the road against the Colorado Rapids, four days after they were crushed 6-1 by the Portland Timbers. Considering they had given up just one goal in the two previous games, this 11-1 collapse has the Earthquakes reeling.
San Jose is in last place in the Western Conference and tied for the lowest point total in the league. And now the Quakes meet a team that dealt it a 5-1 defeat on Sept. 2 in L.A.
"I think that we need to make sure that we do the little things, make sure we move off the ball, make sure we keep it, make sure we connect our passes, make sure we stretch the field, and also open spaces for your teammates," Earthquakes veteran forward Chris Wondolowski said. "I think right now we're being a little too individualistic and defensively not doing our job -- or tactically either. It's obviously hurting us and hurting us very badly."
LAFC is 5-0-0 against the Earthquakes in MLS regular-season games and 6-0-0 across all competitions. LAFC has outscored San Jose 23-5 in those six meetings.
--Field Level Media