The San Jose Earthquakes won their second straight game on the road, beating DC United 2-0, to move within 3 points of 5th place FC Dallas in the Western Conference standings.
The Quakes scored early in the first half and hit a second goal early in the second half on the way to this 2-0 victory over D.C. United at RFK Stadium Saturday night. San Jose has now won three games in a row and outscored opponents 8-0 over that stretch. Chris Wondolowski and Shea Salinas scored the goals for the Quakes and David Bingham recorded his ninth shutout of the season.
For the second straight match, San Jose came out with pace and got on the scoreboared early. Shaun Francis took a pass from Quincy Amarikwa and hit a low shot that United goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra parried out. The rebound fell to Fatai Alashe, and although his shot was deflected the ball came to Wondolowski just outside the six-yard box. Wondo calmly slotted the ball past Dykstra to the far post. This was Wondolowski's 105th career goal and moves him past Dwayne De Rosario for sixth all-time most in goals in MLS history.
The Quakes defense held firm for the rest of the half and San Jose headed for the locker room 1-0 up.
After some great work from Quincy Amarikwa, just seven minutes into the second half, San Jose doubled the lead. After receiving the ball at midfield, he dribbled past one defender and then ran 30 yards to the edge of the box before finding Salinas to his left. Salinas curled a right-footed shot to the back post for his second goal of the year to make it 2-0 to San Jose.
Bingham came up huge in the latter stages of the match with an impressive stop on Davy Arnaud. The D.C. United midfielder received a pass in space on the left side of the box with only Bingham to beat. Bingham rushed off his line, made himself big, and deflected Arnaud's shot. Goodson recovered and cleared the loose ball out of danger to preserve the clean sheet.
San Jose heads back to Avaya Stadium for the first of four straight home games on Friday, Aug. 28. The Quakes host the LA Galaxy in the final installment of the California Clasico, presented by Advocare. The match kicks off at 8 p.m. and will air live on UniMas, 1590 KLIV and 1370 KZSF.
-Marvell Wynne made the 250th start of his MLS career Saturday night.
-Chris Wondolowski moved past Dwayne De Rosario into sole possession of sixth all-time in MLS history with 105 goals.
-San Jose has posted three consecutive shutouts and have posted four shutouts in the past five matches. Goalkeeper David Bingham has posted a 284-minute shutout streak.
MLS Regular Season
San Jose Earthquakes 2-0 D.C. United
August 22, 2015 - RFK Stadium
Scoring Summary: SJ - Chris Wondolowski (unassisted) 4; SJ - Shea Salinas (Quincy Amarikwa) 52.
Misconduct Summary: SJ - Anibal Godoy (caution) 90.
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES: David Bingham, Marvell Wynne, Victor Bernardez, Clarence Goodson, Shaun Francis, Cordell Cato, Anibal Godoy, Fatai Alashe (Marc Pelosi 67), Shea Salinas (Sanna Nyassi 81), Chris Wondolowski, Quincy Amarikwa (Adam Jahn 89).
SHOTS: 9; SHOTS ON GOAL: 2; SAVES: 4; FOULS: 11; CORNER KICKS: 4;OFFSIDES: 3.
D.C. UNITED: Andrew Dykstra, Sean Franklin, Kofi Opare, Bobby Boswell, Taylor Kemp, Connor Doyle (Chris Pontius 71), Perry Kitchen, Michael Farfan (Nick DeLeon 45), Davy Arnaud, Chris Rolfe (Jairo Arrieta 75), Alvaro Saborio.
SHOTS: 23; SHOTS ON GOAL: 4; SAVES: 0; FOULS: 13; CORNER KICKS: 12;OFFSIDES: 1.
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES HEAD COACH DOMINIC KINNEAR
"We played well and took our chances well. We defended them well and limited their chances. David Bingham came up big and they missed a few chances. It was a good road trip for us, six big points."
On two-game trip:
"Looking at the trip, it is a bit daunting to go away to Kansas City and follow that up with a game in D.C. The game in Kansas City gave us confidence and getting the goal early tonight gave us another boost. We counter attacked well tonight and at times we were just a little off with our final pass or we could have created more danger. All in all a good road trip."
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES DEFENDER CLARENCE GOODSON
"We talked about needing to get zeroes defensively at the start of this stretch. The front six are playing really well right now, getting into attack and creating chances. They are making it hard on the opposing teams' defenses and then it is kind of down to us in the back to close up shop. Each one of these games, one goal would have been enough."
On home games coming up:
"We have seven of nine at home now and are very much in touch with the playoff spot. It is an unbalanced schedule with so many home games at the end. To be where we are is good. When you look at the table, a lot of those teams have a lot of away games so there is still a lot of soccer to be played."
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES MIDFIELDER FATAI ALASHE
On getting back-to-back results as a team:
"Obviously, we have always had confidence that we are able to play with anyone. Some of the results were not really going our way for a while, but we are showing that we stick to it and stay positive with each other. Now we are starting to turn things around and hopefully we keep that momentum going into next weekend as well."
On playing alongside Anibal Godoy:
"It is good. He is a great player and makes the game really easy. It is nice to play with someone who can break up plays as well and he is really good on the ball. I think playing with him has been great and it has really helped us out quite a bit."
On Quincy Amarikwa's play:
"He is a worker. You can see we play balls up top and he is able to hold them up and play out of it and that is something you need when you are taking pressure sometimes. If you have someone up there that can control the ball, keep it a little bit, help us get it down and start the attack, it is a great help and it helps us play farther up the field."