Neagle leads Sounders to 4-0 win over Earthquakes

SEATTLE — With all of their regulars back on the field, the Seattle Sounders were too much for San Jose.

Lamar Neagle scored twice and Mauro Rosales added a goal and an assist to help lead the Seattle Sounders FC to a 4-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday.

Neagle made it 3-0 in the 54th minute with a left-footed kick from just inside the box after he danced around a defender and gave Seattle (3-3-3) its highest scoring output of the season after scoring only three in the first eight games.

“It was great to get a 4-0 win,” Neagle said. “That’s what we’ve been waiting for. We knew only time was going to prevent us from doing it. We eventually got a bunch of guys on the field and we still have more to come.”

A mix of injuries and suspensions has kept Seattle from fielding a regular lineup.

Seattle is undefeated in the last five games after a 0-3-1 start and won at home for the first time in four games this season.

“We had a rough spell and now we are on a good streak,” Neagle said.

San Jose (3-4-5) dropped to 0-3-2 on the road this season. The Earthquakes had snapped a six-game winless streak with a 2-1 win over Toronto FC on Wednesday.

“It’s just one of those things,” San Jose forward Chris Wondolowski said about the road problems. “We’re going to go back and work hard all next week and try to get three points next week. We need to do the little things better. We’ve got ourselves in the hole a lot on the road giving up the first goal and that’s never easy.”

The four-goal effort by Seattle didn’t surprise Wondolowski.

“They’re a great team and we knew that coming in that they’re so dangerous,” Wondolowski said. “They have a lot of guys healthy now that they didn’t have at the beginning. They showed their class today.”

Neagle drilled a right-footed shot from the center of the box to the top left corner for the first goal of the game in the 28th minute. He tallied his first goal of the season off a chest pass from Rosales, who received a cross in the box from Eddie Johnson.

“I saw Eddie going out wide and Mauro was taking the near post so I was just trying to hold back in the holding spot like we were in a PK and Mauro had a chance to send it down and I just kept my head down and ran through it,” Neagle said.

Neagle, who returned after a one-game suspension for a red card, nearly scored in the 47th minute on a header but goalkeeper Jon Busch tipped the ball over the crossbar.

Rosales curled in a right-footed free kick from just outside the box in added time in the first half to put the Sounders up 2-0 at halftime in front of a crowd of 38,880. Busch leaped high as the ball glanced off his hand as Rosales scored his second goal of the year. A foul and yellow card on Rafael Baca set up the goal by Rosales.

Obafemi Martins scored in added time to make the final score 4-0.

The Earthquakes had a great opportunity to score in the 37th minute but Alan Gordon missed an open header in front of the goal.

San Jose had beaten the Sounders four consecutive games, including a 1-0 win on March 23.

Michael Gspurning earned his fourth shutout and has allowed only seven goals. He had three saves.

More in Sports

After slow start, Huskies roll past Colorado 37-10

Myles Gaskin rushes for 202 yards and two touchdowns as No. 7 Washington wins its Pac-12 opener.

Silvertips fall to Winterhawks 7-4 in season opener

U.S. Division-favorite Portland scores six goals in the second period to sink Everett.

Anything can happen this season for Silvertips

An A or an F. That was the assessment of what the… Continue reading

REFLECTIONS: Silvertips fall to Winterhawks in season opener

The Game The 2016-17 season started with much promise. The Everett Silvertips… Continue reading

Seahawks embattled O-line set to face Titans’ pressure defense

Can Seattle rise up and repel Tennessee defensive guru Dick LeBeau’s aggressive pass rushes?

No. 18 Washington State crushes Nevada 45-7 to stay perfect

Luke Falk tosses five touchdown passes as the Cougars improve to 4-0 for the first time since 2001.

Mariners pounded by Indians

Seattle commits five errors, gives up four home runs in its 11-4 loss.

Friday’s prep football results

Arlington loses Wesco 3A North showdown to Ferndale; Monroe remains unbeaten.

Saturday’s prep girls swimming and diving results

PREP GIRLS SWIMMING AND DIVING Saturday Mukilteo Invite King County Aquatics Center… Continue reading

Most Read