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EarthquakesSan Jose Earthquakes
1-0
Salt LakeReal Salt Lake
Perez Garcia (87')
Godoy (34'), Pelosi (73'), Wondolowski (74'), Perez Garcia (77')
Perez Garcia (88')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Beckermann (63'), Beltran (84'), Maund (90')

Result: Late Matias Perez Garcia strike downs spirited Real Salt Lake

Matias Perez Garcia scores a late winner for San Jose Earthquakes, before being sent off for his celebration in the 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake.

Matias Perez Garcia struck an 87th-minute winner as San Jose Earthquakes beat a brave Real Salt Lake 1-0 to maintain their hopes of reaching the MLS Cup.

The hosts dominated the opening stages but it took some 21 minutes for them to threaten when Quincy Amarikwa's rocket inside the box was beaten away by Nick Rimando.

San Jose continued to threaten, and it was Amarikwa again as the striker headed over the bar from inside the six-yard box just before the half-hour mark.

The visitors, who managed one shot in the first 45 minutes, survived a pre-half time onslaught, but it was nearly in vain as Chris Wondolowski was denied from point-blank range by Rimando after the break.

At the other end, the visitors finally threatened when David Bingham pulled off a smart save to keep out Joao Plata with 13 minutes left on the clock.

It proved a pivotal moment in the contest as Garcia drilled home from outside the box in timely fashion, before picking up a second yellow card due to his celebration, but the hosts held on.

The result sees the Earthquakes move seventh in the Western Conference, two points adrift of a top-five spot with three games left on their calendar.

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Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Atlanta UnitedAtlanta30196565362963
2New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls30185755322359
3New York City FCNY City30148852391350
4Columbus Crew3013893938147
5Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia30144124245-346
6Montreal ImpactMontreal30124144247-540
7DC United2898114848035
8New England RevolutionNew England29811104345-235
9Toronto2986155057-730
10Chicago Fire2977154354-1128
11Orlando City2974184066-2625

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Sporting Kansas CityKansas29157754342052
2Los Angeles FCLos Angeles29148757431450
3Dallas28148647371050
4Portland TimbersPortland3013894645147
5Real Salt LakeSalt Lake30136114949045
6Seattle SoundersSeattle28135103729844
7Vancouver WhitecapsVancouver28117104654-840
8Los Angeles GalaxyLA Galaxy29108115459-538
9Minnesota UnitedMinnesota Utd29103164357-1433
10Houston DynamoHouston2988134743432
11Colorado RapidsColorado2966173255-2324
12San Jose EarthquakesEarthquakes3048184563-1820

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