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Played
April 21, 2012 10:30 PM EDT
Buck Shaw Stadium — Santa Clara, California
Referee:‬ E. Bazakos‎
Attendance:‬ 10202‎
 
90+2′ Simon Dawkins
 
 

San Jose Earthquakes 3-1 Real Salt Lake: 'Quakes leave it late against nine-man RSL

Two ejections and three stoppage-time goals (one in first half added time) gave San Jose first place in the Western Conference.

By Zac Lee Rigg

Simon Dawkins, Chris Wondolowski, San Jose Earthquakes; MLS
Thearon W. Henderson
Try this on for size: San Jose -- best in the West. With a win -- courtesy of goals from Khari Stephenson, Simon Dawkins and Chris Wondolowski -- the Earthquakes beat nine-man Real Salt Lake 3-1 in Buch Shaw Stadium.

Fabian Espindola altered the course of the game after half an hour when he slid towards Sam Cronin with both fee forward. His ejection left RSL facing an hour of a numerical disadvantage.

San Jose waited until the last gasp of the first half to take advantage. Steven Beitashour pumped a cross into the box, where Stephenson eluded the attentions of Nat Borchers to loop a header on frame. Nick Rimando could only grasp at it, the ball trickling off his fingertips and into the net seemingly in slow motion.

The visiting team improbably equalized early in the second half to make a game of it. Kyle Beckerman's slick footwork left two defenders sprawled on the ground behind him as he slipped the ball under Jon Busch.

The resurgence didn't last. Jamison Olave shouldered Steven Lenhart to the ground as the 'Quakes forward bore down on goal, the Colombian picking up a red as the last defender.

Again, San Jose waited until the very last to break through. In stoppage time, Simon Dawkins dove to connect with another accurate Beitashour service and direct the winner past Rimando. Wondolowski made sure there was no response this time with a sharp header at the far post seconds later.

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San Jose Earthquakes

18
Jon Busch
Goalkeeper
 - 
33
 - 
2
Justin Morrow
Defender
 - 
21
Jason Hernandez
Defender
 - 
3
Ike Opara
Defender
75′
 - 
4
Sam Cronin
Midfielder
61′
 - 
9
Khari Stephenson
Midfielder
47′
 - 
-
T. Moreno
Striker
22′
 - 
-
Rafael Baca
Midfielder
82′
 - 
8
 - 
-
Simon Dawkins
Striker
44′ 92′
 - 

Real Salt Lake

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18
Nick Rimando
Goalkeeper
 - 
2
 - 
4
 - 
6
 - 
17
 - 
5
Kyle Beckerman
Midfielder
42′ 53′
 - 
4
Will Johnson
Midfielder
 - 
11
Javier Morales
Midfielder
47′ 77′
 - 
22
 - 
9
 - 
15

Substitutes

1
David Bingham
Goalkeeper
 - 
5
Brad Ring
Midfielder
 - 
-
Jean Alexandre
Midfielder
 - 
17
Sam Garza
Midfielder
82′
 - 
10
 - 
16
 - 
24
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
28
Kyle Reynish
Goalkeeper
 - 
28
 - 
-
 - 
21
Luis Gil
Midfielder
60′
 - 
23
Paulo Jr.
Striker
91′
 - 
26

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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  • Substitution OUT
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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Striker
Seattle Sounders
6 1
E. Torres E. Torres
Striker
Chivas USA
5 2
V. Sánchez V. Sánchez
Striker
Colorado
4 3
Federico Higuaín Federico Higuaín
Striker
Columbus Crew
4 2
Kenny Miller Kenny Miller
Striker
Rangers
3 2