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Jul 24, 2014 at 3.30am UK at Buck Shaw Stadium
EarthquakesSan Jose Earthquakes
5-1
Chicago Fire
Salinas (45'), Harris (52'), Wondolowski (62'), Djalo (79'), Cato (84')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Ward (75')

Result: San Jose Eathquakes secure emphatic win over Chicago Fire

San Jose Earthquakes close the gap on the teams above them with a 5-1 triumph over the Chicago Fire.

San Jose Earthquakes have closed the gap on the teams above them in the Western Conference by easing to a 5-1 victory over the Chicago Fire.

Efforts from long range were missed by both sides in the opening stages, before Chris Wondolowski came close in the 17th with a low strike from inside the box, forcing Chicago goalkeeper Sean Johnson into a good save.

Chances proved to be a rarity for long periods of the first half, but Harrison Shipp came close to breaking the deadlock for Chicago in spectacular fashion in the 40th minute when his curled effort sailed just over the crossbar.

It was San Jose who scored the crucial opener just before the break as the hosts countered quickly to set up Shea Salinas, who fired past a helpless Johnson.

Another fast break from the Earthquakes produced a second goal in the 52nd minute as Atiba Harris tapped the ball into an empty net after Wondolowski saw his shot saved.

Clever work from Yannick Djalo with little space on offer allowed the hosts to extend their lead further 10 minutes later as an inch-perfect pass found Wondolowski, who finally got his name on the scoresheet with a calm finish.

Chicago managed to pull a goal back 15 minutes from time when Grant Ward took full advantage of space on the edge of the box to curl his shot past Jon Busch.

However, the gloss was soon restored to the scoreline by the hosts when Djalo drilled home San Jose's fourth, before Cordell Cato finished off a flowing move with a fifth of the evening in the 84th minute.

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Tables

Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England25174447291855
2Nashville SCNashville231011238211741
3Orlando City2410863533238
4New York City FCNY City23105841271435
5DC United24104103933634
6CF MontrealMontreal249783430434
7Atlanta UnitedAtlanta248973228433
8Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia238872824432
9Inter MiamiInter Miami2495102435-1132
10Columbus Crew2586112934-530
11New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls2375112928126
12Chicago Fire2465132438-1423
13FC CincinnatiCincinnati2348112342-1920
14Toronto2436152650-2415

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England25174447291855
2Nashville SCNashville231011238211741
3Orlando City2410863533238
4New York City FCNY City23105841271435
5DC United24104103933634
6CF MontrealMontreal249783430434
7Atlanta UnitedAtlanta248973228433
8Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia238872824432
9Inter MiamiInter Miami2495102435-1132
10Columbus Crew2586112934-530
11New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls2375112928126
12Chicago Fire2465132438-1423
13FC CincinnatiCincinnati2348112342-1920
14Toronto2436152650-2415

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