Earthquakes 5, United 3

Chris Wondolowski scored twice to take over the MLS lead as the

San Jose Earthquakes beat D.C. United 5-3 Wednesday night.

Steven Lenhart also scored two goals to help the Earthquakes

(7-1-1) extend their unbeaten stretch to 6-0-1 since losing to

Houston on March 14.

Wondolowski moved past New York’s Thierry Henry and into the

league lead with 10 goals. Wondolowski has scored 44 times since

the start of the 2010 season.

Justin Morrow had his first goal of the year for the

Earthquakes, who overcame an early score from United’s Dwayne De

Rosario and second-half goals by Daniel Woolard and Hamdi

Salihi.

D.C. United (4-3-3) snapped a seven-game unbeaten streak.

United’s defense looked suspect without injured center backs

Emiliano Dudar and Dejan Jakovic, and San Jose took advantage by

scoring three goals in the first half in the space of 12

minutes.

Lenhart opened San Jose’s scoring in the 19th minute by walking

onto a blocked shot of teammate Tressor Moreno and slashing the

ball home from 19 yards to tie the score at 1-1.

Wondolowski got on the board two minutes later, cashing in from

just inside the penalty spot after a flurry of quick passes by San

Jose. Morrow extended the Earthquakes’ lead to 3-1 in the 31st

minute with a shot that caromed off D.C. midfielder Danny Cruz,

leaving goalkeeper Joe Willis little chance.

Wondolowski scored again in the 64th minute, overpowering Willis

with a header off Steven Beitashour’s cross, giving Beitashour five

assists this year.

Woolard scored on a diving header in the 64th minute to pull

United to 4-2.

Lenhart closed out his day by chesting home the rebound of

Marvin Chavez’s ringing shot off the crossbar in the 74th minute to

restore San Jose’s three-goal lead.

Salihi closed the scoring in the 88th minute after he took a

lead pass and flipped his shot over San Jose goalkeeper Jon

Busch.

De Rosario put D.C. up in the eighth minute with a steaming shot

from nearly 30 yards, but United’s defense simply wasn’t up to the

challenge.