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Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Quakes' 2-1 win over Columbus

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Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Quakes' 2-1 win over Columbus

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It appears that stretches at Avaya Stadium for the San Jose Earthquakes are showing up on the schedule at just the right times. 

Not too long ago, the Quakes were reeling after a miserable stretch of soccer on the road. But now, after two straight wins at Avaya -- the latest a 2-1 victory over Columbus Crew SC on Saturday -- San Jose is once again knocking on MLS' playoff door. 

Marco Ureña scored in the 42nd minute and Chris Wondolowski added the eventual game-winner in the 56th. 

It's going to make for a nail-biting latter part of the season for sure in the super tight Western Conference. But for now celebrate with these five takeaways from the Earthquakes' ninth win of the season. 

-- Don't look now, but the win on Saturday means the Quakes have already surpassed their total from last year. The victory jumps their point total to 32, good for fifth in the Western Conference as of this article's publication. Dallas' loss and more importantly Vancouver's draw were huge results for San Jose as the season turns to the scoreboard-watching phase with eight teams jockeying for six playoff spots. 

-- Have a game, Tommy Thompson. Columbus controlled the first 20-25 minutes but it was around that time that the midfielder began to put his stamp on the match -- much to the appreciation of his San Jose teammates. He gave Columbus fits purely with his work rate and along with his assist, he came within inches of his second goal of the season. It was undoubtedly one of Thompson's most complete matches. Not only did he facilitate Wondolowski's goal, but defensively, Thompson was a visible and noticeable force. One has to wonder if he's turned the corner with that aspect of the game -- it was his defense that many speculated was keeping him out of the lineup during Dominic Kinnear's time as the head coach. 

-- Marco Ureña scored his third goal of the season and his first since a 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake on June 24. Ureña was a mainstay in Kinnear's lineup and hasn't really gotten the opportunity to earn the trust of new head coach Chris Leitch -- with a lot of his time spent on international duty since the Leitch was hired. Keep an eye out on that relationship. 

And, it's also time to acknowledge another round number for Wondolowski. With his goal in the 56th minute, the forward has hit the 130 career goals mark -- 123 of those have come since 2010. 

Wondolowski is still fourth on the all-time list but now he's only three behind Jaime Moreno and four behind Jeff Cunningham. 

-- That's now back-to-back impressive performances for David Bingham. And that has to feel super good for the former Cal keeper considering the defensive disaster that was San Jose's most recent road trip. 

-- After years of research and MLS flirting with the idea, Video Replay is here. And like most new things that are introduced into a sport rich in tradition, there is plenty of chatter -- for and against the change -- floating around. 

There will be four main areas of focus for MLS' new VAR: goals, penalty calls, direct red-card incidents and cases of mistaken identity (when it relates to yellow and red cards). 

On Saturday, the system was not truly tested except for the couple of minutes it took to analyze Adam Jahn's goal for Columbus.

Wondolowski makes history, Earthquakes earn first win in two months

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Wondolowski makes history, Earthquakes earn first win in two months

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Chris Wondolowski came on in the 55th minute and collected a goal and an assist to help that San Jose Earthquakes beat Minnesota United 3-1 on Saturday.

It was Wondolowski's 132nd goal for the Earthquakes, most in MLS history for a single franchise.

San Jose (2-5-2), which has conceded a goal in 14 consecutive matches, snapped a seven-game winless streak.

Danny Hoesen gave the Earthquakes a 2-1 lead in the 69th minute. Wondolowski, just inside the goal line, wrapped a cross around defender Francisco Calvo to Hoesen, who one-timed a volley from point-blank range.

Minnesota's Magnus Eriksson converted from the spot after he drew a foul in the area by Jerome Thiesson in the opening seconds.

Christian Ramirez stole a sloppy pass from San Jose's Shea Salinas and sent a shot over the outstretched arm of a leaping Andrew Tarbell to make it 1-1 in the 26th minute.

Wondolowski scored on a penalty kick in the 78th after Calvo was called for a hand ball in the area while sliding to block a shot by Hoesen.

Minnesota (4-7-0) lost at home for just the second time since August 5, 2017.

Road woes continue for Quakes, fall to Crew

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Road woes continue for Quakes, fall to Crew

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Mike Grella scored in the 84th minute and the Columbus Crew snapped a four-game winless streak with a 2-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night.

Pedro Santos’ cross skirted past San Jose’s Magnus Eriksson and connected with Grella, who cut it back and slotted one home inside the near post. Grella entered as a substitute in the 65th minute.

Harrison Afful opened the scoring for the Crew (4-3-2) in the 28th minute with a right-footed shot into the top left corner.

Danny Hoesen headed home Florian Jungwirth’s deep cross to tie it at 1-all for the Quakes (1-4-2) in the 45th minute.

San Jose defender Yefferson Quintana left the game in the eighth minute with an apparent lower leg injury.

The Quakes extended their winless streak to six games.