The San Jose Earthquakes got the better of the Houston Dynamo on Wednesday, as Dominic Kinnear's current team beat his old team 3-1 at Avaya Stadium.
The Quakes opened the scoring just three minutes in, as Chris Wondolowski sent in a low cross from the right flank that Alberto Quintero got a touch to in front of goal. His run beat Dynamo defender Jalil Anibaba and goalkeeper Tyler Deric, and the touch took a wicked bounce before trickling past the Dynamo duo and inside the near post.
Ricardo Clark's goal pulled Houston level just before halftime. As a teammate's shot was blocked out to the top of the box, Clark ran onto the ball and unleashed a true one-timer that flew unimpeded into the net.
San Jose regained the lead five minutes after the break, as Quintero and Anibal Godoy played a give-and-go that Godoy finished past Deric.
Quintero nabbed his second goal of the night in the 70th minute, as he received a pass from Wondolowski and buried the shot.
The Dynamo's night went from bad to worse in the 79th minute, as Deric was sent off for denial of an obvious goalscoring opportunity, and Anibaba had to go in goal because Houston head coach Owen Coyle had already used all three substitutes on the night.
San Jose Earthquakes (5-3-3, 18 points) vs. Houston Dynamo (2-6-2, 8 points)
MLS Regular Season
May 11, 2016—Avaya Stadium—San Jose, California
SJ: Alberto Quintero 2 (Chris Wondolowski 1, Simon Dawkins 2) 3
HOU: Ricardo Clark 2 (unassisted) 43
SJ: Anibal Godoy 1 (Alberto Quintero 2) 50
SJ: Alberto Quintero 3 (Chris Wondolowski 2) 70
Houston Dynamo: Tyler Deric; Jalil Anibaba, David Horst, Agus Garcia, Abdoulie Mansally; Andrew Wenger (Leonel Miranda 59), Alex Lima, Ricardo Clark, Giles Barnes ©; Cristian Maidana (Boniek Garcia 58); Will Bruin (Erick Torres 59)
Unused substitutes: Joe Willis, Sheanon Williams, Collen Warner, Raúl Rodríguez
TOTAL SHOTS: 9 (Agus Garcia 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 7 (Ricardo Clark 1, Agus Garcia 1) FOULS: 16 (Will Bruin 3) OFFSIDES: 1 (Will Bruin 1); CORNER KICKS: 3 (Cristian Maidana 4, Leonel Miranda 4); SAVES: 3 (Tyler Deric 3)
San Jose Earthquakes: David Bingham; Marvell Wynne, Victor Bernárdez, Andrés Imperiale, Shaun Francis; Matías Perez García (Shea Salinas 64), Fatai Alashe, Anibal Godoy, Alberto Quintero (Chad Barrett 80), Simon Dawkins; Chris Wondolowski
Substitutes Not Used: Bryan Meredith, Andres Imperiale, Matheus Silva, Adam Jahn, Tommy Thompson
TOTAL SHOTS: 13 (Alberto Quintero 3, Simon Dawkins 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 8 (Alberto Quintero 2, Anibal Godoy 2); FOULS: 12 (Marvell Wynne 2, Victor Bernardez 2, Fatai Alshe 2); OFFSIDES: 2 (Chris Wondolowski 2) CORNER KICKS: 4 (Matias Perez Garcia 3); SAVES: 1 (David Bingham 1)
HOU: Alex (caution) 21
SJ: Marvell Wynne (caution) 73
HOU: Tyler Deric (ejection) 79
Referee: Jaime Herrera
Assistant Referees: Frank Anderson, Mike Kampmeinert
Fourth Official: Armando Villarreal