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FC Cincinnati visits San Jose as both look to climb

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FC Cincinnati and the San Jose Earthquakes have been headed in different directions the entire season.

Expansion FC Cincinnati got off to a promising start, going 2-1-1 in its first four games, but is winless in six games since (0-5-1). That includes its current four-game losing streak in which the team has failed to score a goal.

“Disappointed in the result, obviously,” FC Cincinnati coach Alan Koch said after Wednesday’s 2-0 defeat at Philadelphia. “If we could buy a goal it would be great.”

FC Cincinnati (2-6-2, eight points) will conclude its stretch of three road matches in eight days Saturday at San Jose.

“Because we keep losing, guys are getting really angry and we’re getting frustrated and that can turn into a positive, aggressive game,” FCCincinnati midfielder Caleb Stanko told MLSsoccer.com. “That’s what we’re shooting for.

“We have one more game on the road in San Jose. I’m really hoping and believing we’re going to focus our energy and all this anger we may have — this disappointment — in pushing for three points.”

The Earthquakes (2-5-2, eight points) opened their season with four straight losses but have turned things around with just one loss in their past five matches. They’re unbeaten in their past three (1-0-2), including a pair of draws on the road at Seattle and FC Dallas.

“I don’t think we can look past anyone. We’ve only won two games,” Earthquakes midfielder Shea Salinas, who already has a career-high four goals, told MLSsoccer.com. “We might be in a good stretch of games here, but we want to get points and move up the table. We’re looking at Cincinnati as a dangerous team and we want to get another win here at home.”

New Earthquakes coach Matias Almeyda has instituted a hard-charging system for a team that lost eight games last season by conceding a goal after the 80th minute.

“Physically, the guys are all in great shape,” Salinas said. “In the last 15 minutes there’s a lot of mental components involved. Mentally, we’re becoming a tough team.”

REUTERS/Field Level Media

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