Sunday, September 27, 2009

Earthquakes Get First Road Win Since June 2008

Ramon Sanchez and Ryan Johnson scored unassisted goals in the 58th and 73rd minutes, respectively, as the San Jose Earthquakes won their first Major League Soccer road game since June 7, 2008, 2-1, Sunday over DC United at RFK Stadium.

The last time San Jose won on the road, they shut out the Columbus Crew, 2-0, at Crew Stadium.

Jaime Moreno, flanked by Chris Pontiue and Ben Olsen, gave United their only lead in the 26th minute.

With the loss, United has fallen out of the top eight teams in the league table for the playoffs, including wild card positions. At 8-7-12 with 36 points, they are in fourth place in the Eastern Conference, one point behind the New England Revolution (10-8-7, 37) for third place and five behind the Chicago Fire (10-6-11, 41) for second place.

United takes a break from MLS play Wednesday when they host San Jose Jabloteh of Trinidad & Tobago in fifth round Group B pool play at the 2009-10 CONCACAF Champions League tournament, then host Chivas USA Saturday.

San Jose is in last place in the Eastern Conference standings at 6-12-7 with 25 points and host the New York Red Bulls Saturday.

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