So everything is good to go, right? We’ll see.
LAFC may be coming off a rousing win and have a favorable opponent next, but given their recent form, having yet to win consecutive regular-season games at all this year and on a run of three wins and five losses since the local return to play, and banking on three points is not the given it may otherwise seem to be.
LAFC head coach Bob Bradley admitted after Wednesday’s win that the herky-jerky nature of the schedule has been difficult in finding consistency for his team.
“The schedule in some of those ways has been challenging,” he told reporters in the postgame press conference. “It’s been a strange time since we’re back. We had I think three weeks without a game, and if I remember right, that first game against the Galaxy in the afternoon was — I think that was August 22nd, so here we are a month and a day later. When games come quickly, when there’s this one-day travel, yeah, we just have still not been as sharp as we can be. We’ve had stretches in every game where we feel good but other moment where is we’ve hurt ourselves, so we’ve just got to be more consistent and regain confidence and just keep trying to improve in all areas.”
But even with the recent struggles, LAFC — so far — have had San Jose’s number, and the Earthquakes are absolutely reeling, posting a series of record-breaking losses and winless in eight games in the local return to play.
Midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye said the team’s success against the Northern California opposition is more due to LAFC playing at their best rather than a mismatch.
“I think it’s playing our football,” Kaye said during pregame availability Saturday. “I think whenever we can play our game really well, it makes it difficult for teams. Obviously we’ve had some success against them in the past but every game is different and we just have to go in with the right mentality and make sure, like I said, we have a good start and compete well at the beginning of the game.”
“Obviously we had some good moments but we still have to continue to test ourselves against all the opponents in the league, day to day. Because Vancouver is one game, San Jose will be a different game. Just try to make sure we can continue that connection as we go forward for the rest of the season.”
Heading into Sunday’s clash at Banc of California Stadium, Bradley said training is different for Quakes games but he’s happy with the preparation put in.
“Good couple days of training, preparation for San Jose is always different than other teams, because Matias Almeyda’s teams have a different style,” he said Saturday. “You always have to spend a little time working against man-to-man marking, finding ways to create the right spaces. We know they come into every game with motivation, their mentality which comes from the coach is always strong, so our preparation is with the idea that we expect that kind of tough match.”
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