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Sounders on the hunt for 2nd straight win against 'Quakes

Jun 19, 2015 - 4:56 PM Seattle, WA ( - Seattle Sounders FC will shoot for a second consecutive victory on Saturday when the club welcomes the San Jose Earthquakes to CenturyLink Field.

The Sounders produced perhaps their best performance of the season last time out, a comfortable 3-0 rout of fellow West rivals FC Dallas on home soil.

After a bit of a shaky first half, the home side regrouped in the intermission and came out with the better of the play in the second period, opening the scoring in the 55th minute.

Lamar Neagle, the Seattle native, struck first as he got on the end of a feed from defender Brad Evans and fired past Dallas goalkeeper Dan Kennedy for his third goal of the season.

The Sounders doubled the lead in the 73rd minute as Obafemi Martins, the Nigerian international, got on the end of a pass from Andy Rose and slotted home his seventh goal of the campaign.

Neagle turned provider in stoppage time, as his pass to Leonardo Gonzalez allowed Gonzalez to fire home a third goal and seal all three points in style.

"It was a game of two halves, in the first half they were the better side, but then we did much better, got tighter to people, we moved the ball quicker, which is something we talked about at halftime, and ended up with three goals," said Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid.

San Jose, meanwhile, is also coming off a match against FC Dallas, which ended in a scoreless draw at Avaya Stadium on June 7.

Both teams created several quality scoring chances and three players were sent off in total. San Jose's Chris Wondolowski had the best opportunity of the day in the 84th minute when the American international tried to loop a header past Kennedy, but it floated wide of the goal.

"I really felt like we had a goal or two in us, and it just didn't happen," San Jose midfielder Shea Salinas said. "So we end up with nine guys on the field. It's tough to score goals with nine guys on the field. All in all a point is frustrating for me, because I felt like we could have gotten three."

"It's unfortunate that the game played out that way," said goalkeeper David Bingham, who worked his fourth shutout of the season. "It's disappointing for all the players on the field. It's disappointing for the coaching staff, and it's definitely disappointing for the fans."

Saturday's clash will be the second meeting of the season between the sides, which played in Seattle on March 14. Wondolowski bagged two goals and a third goal came from Innocent Emeghara as the Earthquakes took three points with a 3-2 win.