LAFC remains in a search for consistency after loss to the Galaxy

After a two-game losing streak, the Los Angeles Football Club bounced back with a one-sided win over San Jose last Wednesday.

Wednesday, LAFC will be looking for another strong performance after falling 3-0 to the rival Galaxy Sunday night.

LAFC (3-3-3, 12 points) will make a second trip to face Real Salt Lake (2-2-5, 11 points). The teams didn’t play the originally scheduled game, Aug. 26, due to the league-wide protest of the Jacob Blake shooting.

“We have to keep our head high, you know,” LAFC midfielder Latif Blessing said. “I know that things are not going good but you know, we’re going to come back. It happens. It happens in football so, I think we’re going to keep going.

“We’re going to go to training, we play Wednesday (against Real Salt Lake) and I think we have to win. It happens, so we have to keep our heads up.”

RSL has had a mixed bag of results during the restart. It opened with a 4-1 win over Colorado and followed that with consecutive draws (4-4 against Portland and 2-2 against Seattle). Last Sunday, RSL suffered a 4-0 loss to Minnesota United FC.

Regardless of RSL’s performance, LAFC knows it needs to find a consistent wave to ride through this game and into the rest of the regular season.

“What hurts us the most is the lack of consistency during the games, especially after such a strong performance against San Jose in which we were able to score five goals,” midfielder Francisco Ginella said. “It’s time to continue working, this certainly hurts, but we need to move on.”

LAFC will conclude the first phase of the return, Sunday at home against Portland. Major League Soccer is expected to announce the remaining games of the regular season this week.

“The main thing is the need for different guys to take more responsibility,” LAFC coach Bob Bradley said. “Those guys would be Tristan (Blackmon), that would be Eddie Segura. That would be Mark (Anthony Kaye) and Diego (Rossi). So, as I said, I think Diego is doing a very good job. We’ve got to have others, like Latif (Blessing), now understand that when you’re on a good team and you go through a tough stretch, they have got to be the ones to push the others. I don’t think we have got enough from some of those guys in the absence of Carlos (Vela) and Eduard (Atuesta).”

Atuesta (knee) and Vela (MCL sprain) remain out. Bradley did say that Atuesta is “making progress.”