SAN JOSE (AP) — Simon Dawkins scored in the first half, Fatai Alashe had a goal in the second and the San Jose Earthquakes beat Real Salt Lake 2-1 on Saturday night to snap a seven-game winless stretch.
San Jose (8-10-13) moved into eighth place in the Western Conference, four points back of sixth-place Seattle. Real Salt Lake (12-11-9) is fourth, but had its winless streak extended to five games.
Dawkins opened the scoring in the 34th minute. He and Chris Wondolowski connected on a give-and-go with two back-heel passes and Dawkins struck it from distance. Real Salt Lake tied it 6 minutes later when Justen Glad flicked a loose ball off the crossbar and it bounced in.
Alashe scored on a well-placed header in the 72nd minute.
Real Sat Lake, which could’ve secured a playoff spot with a win, had a good scoring chance in the 60th but Joao Plata’s open header was saved by David Bingham.