Friday, June 2, 2023

MLS Preview: Los Angeles Football Club (5-0-3) at San Jose Earthquakes (4-3-3)

The San Jose Earthquakes has won each of its last four home matches against the Los Angeles Football Club after losing its first two at home against Los Angeles Football Club by a combined score of 9-3. The Los Angeles Football Club have never lost five straight away matches against a single team in the club’s MLS history.

The San Jose Earthquakes have won four of its first five home matches this season (D1), allowing only two goals in those games. The Earthquakes have won 11 of their last 18 home league games (D4 L3) after winning just three of their previous 19 league games at PayPal Park (D8 L8).

The Los Angeles Football Club are unbeaten in its last nine away matches in all competitions (W4 D5) dating back to last September. only two teams in MLS history have gone unbeaten in 10 or more consecutive road games in all competitions. FC Dallas (12 straight) in 2010 and Portland Timbers (11 straight) in from 2012 to 2013.

Cristian Espinoza has contributed to at least one goal in each of his last five MLS appearances (5 goals, 1 assist), the longest streak by an Earthquakes player since Magnus Eriksson (5 straight) in 2018. The only Earthquakes player with a longer streak since the team returned to MLS in 2008 is Chris Wondolowski (4 times).

With 18 points through eight games, the Los Angeles Football Club is off to the best start by a defending champion in MLS history, surpassing the previous record of 16 points at this stage of a season, set by the San Jose Earthquakes in 2002. Los Angeles Football Club’s plus -10 goal difference (16-6) is also the best by a defending champion through eight games.

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