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San Jose can set “cruise” on Western Conference title chase

San Jose Earthquakes v Colorado Rapids

COMMERCE CITY, CO - JUNE 20: (L-R) Simon Dawkins #10, head coach Frank Yallop and Chris Wondolowski #8 of San Jose Earthquakes leave the pitch after defeating the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on June 20, 2012 in Commerce City, Colorado. The Earthquakes defeated the Rapids 2-1. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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We visited last week about San Jose’s strong chances of trotting on home with the Western Conference title safely in pocket.

Well, last night’s resounding 4-0 win over hapless Chivas USA added a little more ammo to that argument. Yes, everyone is getting their piece of “resounding” against Chivas USA now. But that’s beside the point. Here, the point is the points earned.

Check out the standings and meet me down below:

Western standings

Real Salt Lake has six matches to make up a seven-point deficit. That’s going to be difficult for an RSL side that simply has not been in 2012 what we remember from the three previous seasons.

Seattle has eight matches to make up a nine-point deficit – which is actually a 10-point deficit. That’s because San Jose holds all the tiebreaker edges (and significantly so) in goals scored and goal difference.

(MORE: The remaining schedule favors a San Jose crown)

Even the Galaxy, as well as Bruce Arena’s side is playing now, cannot like its chances of lassoing and reeling in the Earthquakes. They have six matches to make up a 10-point gap. Translation, they would probably have to win a full four more matches than San Jose, which has tiebreaker edges over the boys from L.A., as well.

While you let that all sink in, here are highlights from last night’s 4-0 clobbering: