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Brian Schmetzer insisted his Seattle Sounders team must tighten up after their 2-1 defeat to Sporting Kansas City.
Seattle are sure of a playoff spot, given they lead the Western Conference, but their Supporters' Shield hopes were dashed by the weekend's loss to a major rival.
The Sounders are winless in three games, and Schmetzer knows his team only have themselves to blame for the run of results.
He said: "It's pro sports, you can either compliment your opponents on well-crafted moments, or say your team made critical errors or they weren't focused, or a technical piece of their game was off or something like that.
"What I would reiterate is that we can't give good teams any gifts. What I'm telling you is we need to be better in those moments.
"We aren't going to win a championship if we give goals away. You have to make it difficult for your opponent to score. There's so much talent, so much desire in that locker room. It's one little lapse, one little technical thing that allows your opponent to get back in the game. That's pro sports."
Los Angeles FC host Seattle on Tuesday, on the back of earning a 1-1 draw against Minnesota United.
"To play in Minnesota and get a point, we're in a crucial time now where points are needed," said wide player Raheem Edwards.
"All in all, two away games, four points, we can be content with that. It's a quick turnaround. We're going to be sure we're as sharp as ever."
LAFC are ninth in the West, and need a victory to boost their playoff hopes.
Los Angeles FC - Jamal Blackman
With Seattle desperate to get back to winning ways, LAFC goalkeeper Jamal Blackman (who made six saves against Minnesota) is likely to be busy yet again.
Seattle Sounders - Cristian Roldan
Cristian Roldan, who has been involved in the Sounders previous two goals (scoring one and assisting another) has been directly involved in eight of Seattle's last 15 goals in total.
- LAFC won the first three meetings between the sides but has managed just two wins in nine meetings in all MLS competitions since (D2 L5, one win in the MLS is Back Knockout Stage). Two of those five defeats came in the playoffs as Seattle has ended LAFC's season in each of the last two years.
- LAFC is unbeaten in four straight matches (W2 D2) following a 1-1 draw on Saturday, equaling the longest unbeaten run for the club this season. Including playoffs, LAFC had eight unbeaten streaks of five-plus games in its first three MLS seasons.
- Seattle has tied a club record with nine road wins this season (also 9 in 2011). Only two teams in the post-shootout era (since 2000), including New England this season, have won 10 away matches in a single regular season (also Atlanta United in 2018).
- LAFC has scored in 23 straight home matches dating back to September 2020. Including playoffs, it's the longest active streak in MLS.
- LAFC has scored at least three goals in four of its last five home matches.
Updated October 25, 2021