WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The San Jose Earthquakes scored early in the first half and notched a second goal early in the second half on the way to a 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 burst out of the gate with an early goal. Shaun Francis received a pass from Quincy Amarikwa in the box and his low shot was parried by United goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra. The rebound fell to Fatai Alashe, but his shot was deflected to Wondolowski just outside the six-yard box. He calmly slotted the ball past Dykstra to the far post for his 105th career goal, moving him past Dwayne De Rosario into sole possession of sixth all-time in goals in MLS history.
The Quakes defense held firm for the rest of the half to send San Jose to the locker room with a 1-0 advantage. Marvell Wynne broke up a D.C. counter attack in the 16th minute to prevent a goal and Clarence Goodson and Victor Bernardez cleared a number of threatening corners and crosses to keep D.C. off the board.
Just seven minutes into the second half, San Jose doubled the lead after some great work from Quincy Amarikwa. 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 for a 2-0 lead.
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.
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