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San Jose Earthquakes vs. LAFC: Match Preview

Can LAFC get back to winning ways on the road?

MLS: U.S. Open Cup-Los Angeles FC vs Fresno Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Where: Avaya Stadium, San Jose, Calif.

When: Saturday, June 9th, 7:30 pm PT

How to Watch: YouTube TV and UniMás 46 in Los Angeles blackout zone; ESPN+ in the rest of the United States.

Los Angeles Football Club are back in action Saturday night, when they head to Avaya Stadium for the first time to take on the San Jose Earthquakes.

LAFC are coming off a win midweek in the U.S. Open Cup, over USL side Fresno FC, and that performance could be just what the doctor ordered to get them back into a winning groove. In league play, LAFC are on a mini-slump, having gone winless in four, albeit with two draws in that stretch.

San Jose, meanwhile, are off to a rough start to the season. They lost in the Open Cup on Wednesday, against the Portland Timbers, and in MLS regular season play they’ve only won two games so far, and both of those came against Minnesota United. They’ve lost four straight games across all competitions.

So you can see where this is going. On paper, even though it’s a road game, this is a fantastic opportunity for LAFC to get a win. San Jose aren’t without their threats, but they are struggling, and LAFC can capitalize if they play well enough and score some goals.

Of course, the mitigating factor is LAFC’s absences. Carlos Vela, Laurent Ciman, Omar Gaber and Marco Ureña are on international duty, and remain out. Jordan Harvey is suspended, after picking up two yellow cards against FC Dallas last week. So there will be some opportunities for LAFC players, and Bob Bradley won’t have his strongest group at his disposal. It happens. Even with that, LAFC have to push for a win here if they really want to remain one of the top teams in the Western Conference, absences or no.

Prediction: LAFC win 2-1. The visitors concede a dubious penalty, but come back to win.

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