MLS Game Summary - D.C. United at San Jose|
(Friday, July 11, 2014)
From The Sports Network
Final Score: D.C. United 2, San Jose 1
Santa Clara, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - First-half goals from Eddie Johnson and
Luis Silva propelled D.C. United to a 2-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes at
Buck Shaw Stadium on Friday.
United took charge of the match early with both goals arriving inside the
opening 25 minutes, while San Jose answered through Chris Wondolowski in the
39th minute but couldn't find an equalizer, forcing the hosts to settle for a
fourth successive defeat.
The visitors have won three of their last four games and sit five points clear
at the top of the Eastern Conference.
A shot from United's Nick DeLeon in the 11th minute led to the opening goal as
the ball struck the arm of San Jose's Brandon Barklage inside the penalty
area, allowing Johnson to fire home his spot kick.
A poor clearance from Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Busch led to the second goal
for United as he turned the ball over in his defensive third. Chris Rolfe took
possession on the left wing and drove a low cross to the front of goal that
Silva redirected past Busch, making it 2-0.
The Earthquakes failed to score in their previous three matches, so the team
was naturally pleased to welcome back Wondolowski, who pulled a goal back for
his side in the 39th with a deflected shot that wrong-footed United goalkeeper
But Hamid played a huge part in his side holding on to that lead over the
second 45 minutes as he first produced a fine stop on a shot from Atiba Harris
before parrying a half-volley to safety from Sam Cronin.
The hosts continued to press for an equalizer and nearly found one in the
dying moments as Hamid saved a header from Alan Gordon at point-blank range,
while a rebound effort from Shea Salinas was blocked by defender Chris Korb,
preserving the win.
07/12 01:17:38 ET