It's probably a good thing that the Seattle Sounders don't have much time to dwell on their first loss of the season.
The league's last undefeated team, the Sounders suffered a 4-1 setback Sunday at Los Angeles FC. Seattle (5-1-1, 16 points) will play host to the San Jose Earthquakes (2-5-0, 6 points) Wednesday night.
"I don't think we played up to our normal standard," Seattle coach Brian Schmetzer said. "We didn't execute what we worked on during the week."
The Sounders allowed only five goals through their first six matches, with three shutouts, before Sunday's defensive breakdown.
"We gave away three goals that could have been avoided and that's what hurts the most," midfielder Cristian Roldan said. "It's always going to be tough coming to L.A. and trying to get a result. In the end, you take it to the chin and move on."
The Earthquakes are coming off a 4-1 victory at home against Sporting KC. Danny Hoesen scored twice in the opening 12 minutes of that match.
Hoesen has scored three goals in the past three matches and seems to be buying into first-year coach Matias Almeyda's system. Hoesen's recent play has pushed forward Chris Wondolowski, who is one tally shy of Landon Donovan's MLS record of 145 career goals, into a reserve role.
"If this system works, and (with) the freedom we get to play, then it's a lot of fun," Hoesen said after Saturday's win. "You see people smiling on the field. You see people working for each other. You see these guys every day. You see these guys maybe more than your own family. You need to work together and like each other. After a win, it's a lot easier."
The Sounders hope to have forwards Raul Ruidiaz (right heel contusion) and Will Bruin (left hamstring strain) and defender Chad Marshall (right knee inflammation) back in the lineup after all missed the trip to L.A.
The Sounders are 10-10-5 in MLS play against San Jose, including an 8-5-1 mark at home.
--Field Level Media