MLS Game Summary - D.C. United at San Jose|
(Wednesday, May 2, 2012)
From The Sports Network
Final Score: San Jose 5, D.C. United 3
Santa Clara, CA (Sports Network) - Steven Lenhart and Chris Wondolowski scored
two goals apiece to see the San Jose Earthquakes claim a 5-3 win over D.C.
United in an eight-goal thriller at Buck Shaw Stadium on Wednesday.
Dwayne De Rosario had put the visitors in front after just eight minutes, but
Lenhart, Wondolowski and Justin Morrow combined to give the 'Quakes a
comfortable lead by halftime.
United cut the deficit to one goal when Daniel Woolard nodded home his first
goal of the season, but Lenhart and Wondolowski struck again to ensure three
points for the home side. Hamdi Salihi added another for United, but it failed
to spark a dramatic comeback.
San Jose (7-1-1) takes sole possession of first place in the Western Conference
after extending its unbeaten run to seven games. The club improves to 22 points
on the season, three points better than second-place Real Salt Lake.
D.C. United (4-3-3) suffers its first loss in seven matches, but retains second
place in the East with Red Bull New York not in action Wednesday.
De Rosario powered United to an early lead with a well-taken goal. The Canadian
latched on to pass from Danny Cruz and curled a brilliant shot around Jon Busch
and into the upper corner.
San Jose caught fire shortly after, netting three goals in the span of 11
minutes to take control of the match.
Lenhart provided the equalizer in the 19th minute, slamming a failed clearance
past Joe Willis on the half-volley for his third goal of the season.
The go-ahead goal arrived just two minutes later from Wondolowski. He capped
off a lovely passing move from the 'Quakes and took advantage of some slack
defending from United by receiving a splitting pass from Simon Dawkins before
tucking a shot into the back of the net from close range.
Morrow added a third for the home side in the 31st minute, netting his first
career MLS goal. A corner kick was not dealt with by the D.C. United defense,
and when the ball fell to Morrow on the edge of the box, he hurled a shot
toward goal. His effort took a couple of deflections on its way past Willis,
but the goal was credited to Morrow.
D.C. United pulled to within a goal when Woolard nodded home a cross from Andy
Najar with a diving header in the 64th minute, but San Jose answered back with
two goals to put the result beyond any doubt.
Wondolowski went to the top of the MLS scoring chart with his 10th goal of the
season. He headed home a cross from Steven Beitashour in the 69th minute for
his second of the match.
The 'Quakes extended the lead even further five minutes later when a shot from
Marvin Chavez was spilled by Willis. Lenhart pounced quickly to stuff the
rebound into the back of the net.
Salihi grabbed a late consolation goal for United, latching on to a perfectly
weighted through ball from De Rosario in the 88th minute and chipping a shot
over an on-rushing Busch for his first career MLS goal.
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