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Wondolowski's 142nd goal gives Quakes fourth win of season

Wondolowski's 142nd goal gives Quakes fourth win of season

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SAN JOSE -- Chris Wondolowski scored his 142nd career goal on a go-ahead score in the 62nd minute and the San Jose Earthquakes beat Western Conference leader FC Dallas 4-3 on Wednesday night to snap an 11-game home winless stretch.

San Jose (4-14-8) won at home for the first time since March 18th, ending the longest home winless stretch in MLS history. Wondolowski is three goals shy of tying Landon Donovan for the MLS record.

The Earthquakes led 2-1 at halftime - with two goals from Valeri Qazaishvili - before the teams traded four goals in an 11-minute span early in the second half. Four of Qazaishvili's eight goals this season have come against FC Dallas.

Halftime substitute Santiago Mosquera tied it at 2 for FC Dallas (13-6-7) in the 51st with his first goal since April 29th. Dominique Badji scored his ninth goal of the season, the second with Dallas, in the 58th to tie it at 3.

Manchester United-Liverpool FC live stream: Watch Premier League game online

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Manchester United-Liverpool FC live stream: Watch Premier League game online

One of the English Premier League's most historic rivalries has a fitting place as the league's only match Sunday.

Manchester United hosts Liverpool FC at Old Trafford, as United looks to place the first blemish on the league-leaders' season. Liverpool is undefeated through eight games and five points clear of second-place Manchester City entering the match. Dating back to last season, the club has won its last 17 Premier League matches. A win Sunday would match City's all-time record. 

United, meanwhile, have floundered early this season. With just four wins in the last 16 league matches under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Man U are desperate to climb back up the table and knock their rivals down a peg in the process. 

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Here's how to watch Sunday's Manchester United-Liverpool match online. 

When: Sunday, Oct. 19 at 11:30 a.m. ET/8:30 a.m. PT 
TV Channel: NBCSN, Telemundo
Live Stream: NBC Sports

Why Liverpool FC-Manchester United rivalry's glory days seem far away

Why Liverpool FC-Manchester United rivalry's glory days seem far away

The rivalry between Liverpool FC and Manchester United is the English Premier League equivalent of the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. 

The northern rivals have combined to win nearly one-third of England's top-flight titles, and nobody in England has won more times than either club. 

"Manchester United against Liverpool was, in the late '90s and early 2000s, the chef's kiss of Premier League games," "Men in Blazers" co-host Roger Bennett told NBC Sports Bay Area. "The battle to see who would be the 'King of the North.' Thirty-eight titles between them, Manchester United played as if it was always their title by divine right."

The context surrounding Sunday's match at Manchester's Old Trafford is just a bit different than the rivalry's heyday. As it stands between the two right now, it's as if the Red Sox -- or, to be accurate, Fenway Sports Group -- own the Yankees and the Red Sox have become the New York Knicks. 

Liverpool, fresh off an English-record sixth Champions League title, can be eight points clear of second place with a win over its rivals at Anfield. Manchester United, meanwhile, is closer to the top of the spending table than the one on the field, as the Red Devils enter Sunday in 14th place with only nine points from eight games. 

Dating back to last season, the Reds have won 17 consecutive Premier League matches. In parts of four seasons, manager Jurgen Klopp has charted Liverpool's rise back into title contention, putting the club in perhaps its best position to win a title during the Premier League era.

That's no small feat considering what Liverpool once was and that the Reds have not won a first-division title -- Premier League or otherwise -- since the 1989-90 season. 

"Liverpool used to win almost every year when I was a kid," Bennett recalled of his time growing up in the city. "They have dreamt of it for 30 years -- a barren spell like no other in their history. This season, they are top of the table, undefeated. They've won every game. Their fans are starting to dream of a championship parade."

On paper, Manchester United has the star power to compete with, if not rival, Liverpool's. Goalkeeper David de Gea and midfielder Paul Pogba are among the best in the world at their respective positions, while Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford are prolific young forwards. All but De Gea have missed time through injury -- as has splash summer signing Aaron Wan-Bissaka, a promising young right back -- and the Red Devils haven't won a Premier League match in over a month. 

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, a key component of United's dynastic run at the turn of the century, has led his longtime club to just four wins in their last 16 league matches. The Red Devils already are eight points back of fourth and face an uphill climb just to qualify for the Europa League. 

"Manchester United are limping into this game," Bennett said. "Possibly the only joy their fans will see is if they destroy the dreams of Liverpool this weekend."

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Still, United have not lost to Liverpool at home this decade. Last season's draw at Old Trafford likely is a result the Reds look back on with regret after finishing four points back of title-winning Manchester City last season. 

In a rivalry as big as this one, playing spoiler is no small consideration. But considering where both clubs stand in the sport's history, those aren't the same stakes either side is used to.