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LAFC aim to regain footing against Earthquakes

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The San Jose Earthquakes host Los Angeles FC on Sunday afternoon in an all-California matchup.

LAFC (6-6-5, 23 points) have not had the regularity of wins that they enjoyed in previous seasons. They saw their winless stretch extend to four games (0-2-2) following Wednesday’s 4-1 loss to Sporting Kansas City.

“We know there’s been mistakes. Not every game is going to be perfect. But I think the conversation with us is to try and be positive,” LAFC defender Marco Farfan told the Los Angeles Daily News. “Turn those negative things into positives. We know there’s a lot of expectations out of ourselves. We expect more from ourselves. And we’re just working toward that.”

Carlos Vela, Diego Rossi and Jose Cifuentes share the team lead with five goals. Vela’s five assists lead the club.

San Jose (4-7-6, 18 points) played to a 1-1 draw against Portland on Wednesday, one day before acquiring energetic Timbers forward Jeremy Ebobisse for $1.167 million in General Allocation Money. Ebobisse figures to be available to play on Sunday for his new team.

“He’s a player that we have been eyeing for a while now,” Earthquakes head coach Matias Almeyda said. “When this opportunity came up, with support from our ownership group, we’re adding a young player who we believe will be important for our project.”

The move gives the Earthquakes another scoring threat up front to build around with 17-year-old All-Star Cade Cowell, who shares the team lead in goals (four) with Javier Lopez.

Ebobisse has scored 23 goals over the past 2 1/2 seasons, including four in 13 matches (11 starts) this season. The 24-year-old had 26 goals and eight assists in 88 matches (54 starts) in 4 1/2 seasons with Portland.

The Earthquakes are 3-6-0 all-time against LAFC but have won the last two meetings. San Jose carries a six-game unbeaten streak (1-0-5) into Sunday’s encounter.

–Field Level Media

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