LAFC hosts San Jose looking to snap two-game skid

The Los Angeles Football Club has made it a habit of avoiding losing streaks in its short history.

In the inaugural 2018 season, LAFC lost consecutive games just twice. Last season, en route to a 72-point season, the club lost just four games, leaving no room for consecutive losses.

Amid the stopping and starting of the 2020 season, LAFC finds itself Wednesday night trying to put an end to a two-game skid and avoid its first three-game losing streak.

LAFC (2-2-3, 9 points) hosts San Jose (2-2-2, 8 points) on Wednesday night at Banc of California Stadium (8 p.m., UniMas).

“We’re in a tough little stretch right now,” LAFC defender Tristan Blackmon said. “Every day, we try to work on our mentality, continuing our football and what that means to us and the city. We’re looking to getting back on track.”

After the MLS is Back Tournament in Florida, LAFC returned to play with a 2-0 loss to the Galaxy. A midweek game against Real Salt Lake was postponed due to the players’ protest. On Sunday, things unraveled in a 3-1 loss to Seattle.

“I think that’s when you find out how strong people really are,” Blackmon said of the current stretch. “It’s just a matter of adjusting. We haven’t had a spell like this before as a club, so it’s been a little difficult. It’s time to test your character and you have to continue to work every day.”

LAFC is a perfect 4-0 against San Jose in the short history between the clubs. Last season, LAFC outscored the Earthquakes 9-0.

San Jose suffered a 3-2 loss to the Galaxy on Saturday in Carson.

“To be a really good team, you’ll have to face adversity,” LAFC coach Bob Bradley said. “We’ve not had many moments. I think there’s been two times where we’ve lost two consecutive league games before this. In the other moments, we didn’t change what we were doing.

“We didn’t abandon our style of play, we emphasized. One thing we’re emphasizing in the moment is to make sure that everybody is working defensively for the team. We believe in the way we play, but we’re also working hard to eliminate mistakes.”

LAFC will be without Carlos Vela (MCL sprain) and midfielder Eduard Atuesta (foot injury). Bradley said after Sunday’s loss that Atuesta is “weeks away” from a return.

“We’ve been back from Orlando for a month and I still feel that a lot of guys are below their best,” Bradley said. “That’s a question as coaches – in terms of training every day, in terms of making sure that we’re supporting guys on the mental side – because managing players in a start-stop season is a challenge and managing players with everything that’s going on in their lives between COVID and the civil unrest, means that there’s a lot out there.

“We have a lot of guys that we have to help get back to their best level.”