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Tremor troubles: San Jose Earthquakes 2, LAFC 0

The Earthquakes shake up the Western Conference playoff race with 2-0 win at home

MLS: Los Angeles FC at San Jose Earthquakes Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Every match is like a final. That's not hyperbole either. With only eight matches left in the season, and the Western Conference tighter than seating space in clown car, every match is a must-win. Which is why the 2-0 loss to the San Jose Quakes is so heartbreaking.

LAFC started the match with their foot on the gas. Getting early looks, finding space, and the ideas for the build-up were there. Unfortunately, a defensive mistake in just the third minute led to San Jose’s only shot on goal in the half. It would be all they needed for the early lead. A lead they would take into the halftime break.

LAFC finished the first half with more shots, six to five, and more possession, 51% - 49%, but once again failed to be clinical enough to find the goals. Having controlled a majority of the first half, and only down a goal, that was given up early, the black and gold were expected to come out for the second half with a bit more fight. They did not.

Instead, it was San Jose who doubled their. lead with a 47th minute goal from a wide open Chofis.

Raheem Edwards had the best look of the night for LAFC, getting on the end of a great pass. Sadly, his efforts were just too strong, as his shot hit the crossbar, keeping them scoreless for the match.

Inability to finish chances once again proved the difference for LAFC in this loss. Mathematically, LAFC are still very much in the mix for a chance at the seventh spot, at the very least. Realistically, this team needs to vastly improve if they want a ticket to the postseason. With key players close to returning from injury, perhaps they could provide the needed spark to spur on one more run to end the year on a high note.