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Neagle scored twice to lift Sounders over Earthquakes

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The Canadian Press
5/11/2013 6:42:13 PM
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SEATTLE -- 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.

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.

Neagle drilled a right-footed shot from the centre 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.

Neagle, who returned after a one-game suspension for a red card, nearly scored in the 47th minute on a header but 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. Goalkeeper Jon 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.

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.

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.

Lamar Neagle Eddie Johnson (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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