For as well as things are going for the Los Angeles Galaxy at the moment, it's been relatively the opposite for the San Jose Earthquakes.
The Galaxy look to extend their season-high winning streak to five matches when they visit the Earthquakes on Sunday night.
Since the resumption of the MLS regular season, Los Angeles (4-3-2) has won all four of its matches, boasting an 11-4 goal advantage in the process. The Galaxy's most recent triumph came 3-0 against rival Los Angeles FC last weekend.
Sebastian Lletget scored twice and Cristian Pavon (six goals) posted a goal with an assist as the Galaxy posted its third consecutive game with three goals. More importantly for L.A., it might have turned around a season that opened with losses in three of its first five official matches.
That said, the Galaxy's current run of splendid form is not enough to take anything for granted amid this unique and still uncertain 2020 campaign.
"It's a mental battle because you can't get carried away with the confidence," Lletget, who has four goals on the season, told the official website of MLS. "You have to sort of withhold that. You have to like really harness that and be like, 'just don't get ahead of yourself.'
"And, I think we all reminded each other about that."
The Galaxy also don't need to be reminded that San Jose will be hungry for a little revenge this weekend. One of L.A.'s wins during their current surge came on Aug. 29, 3-2 at home over the 'Quakes (2-4-3).
Beginning with that defeat, San Jose has gone 0-3-1 and enters this weekend last in the Western Conference. Mainly because the Earthquakes can't seem to keep the opposition from scoring on a regular basis. They've conceded 16 goals over the last four matches, and nearly half coming in Thursday's 7-1 loss at Seattle.
It was the worst defeat in club history. According to the official MLS website, the Earthquakes' 26 goals allowed through nine regular-season matches are also the most in club history over that span.
"I think we need to execute the game plan," San Jose star Chris Wondolowski, whose fifth official goal of the season came via a penalty kick in the 71st minute on Thursday, told the official website of MLS.
"That's the biggest difference. When you play unselfish, some special things happen. When it doesn't, it's fine between the haves and the have nots, especially in this league.
"Right now, we're getting punished and rightfully so. And, it's not good enough all across the board.
"We have a game Sunday. It's another Clasico and we better come ready."
It's possible Los Angeles star Chicharito will be available to feature on Sunday for the first time since a calf injury sidelined him during the group stage of the "MIBT." He has one goal in three matches during his first season with the Galaxy.
Updated September 11, 2020