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2019 Major League Soccer, Regular Season
  • Nick Lima (22')
  • Cristian Espinoza (51')

San Jose Earthquakes hand FC Cincinnati fifth straight shutout loss

Nick Lima scored midway through the first half, and Daniel Vega posted his third shutout of the season as the short-handed San Jose Earthquakes defeated visiting FC CIncinnati 1-0 Saturday night.

The Earthquakes (3-5-2, 11 points) -- who opened their season with four straight losses but have turned things around with just one loss in their past six matches -- were forced to play most of the second half with 10 men after Cristian Espinoza received his second yellow card and was ejected in the 51st minute.

Even with the man advantage, FC Cincinnati (2-7-2, eight points) suffered their fifth consecutive defeat, during which they have failed to score a goal.

Lima, a 24-year-old defender, scored his first goal of the season and the fifth of his MLS career in the 22nd minute.

Following a San Jose corner kick, Espinoza dropped a pass for an onrushing Lima, whose low, 25-yard blast made its way through a maze of players out front and slipped just inside the left post. FC Cincinnati goalkeeper Przemyslaw Tyton made a sprawling attempt but was unable to get a hand on the perfectly placed shot.

The teams both had 11 shots, but the only one the Earthquakes put on goal was Lima's blast.

Vega made three saves, including flicking a header from FC Cincinnati's Fatai Alashe over the crossbar in the 75th minute. The Earthquakes extended their unbeaten run to four matches, with two wins and two draws, and won their third straight home match.

Alashe had two of FC Cincinnati's three shots on goal, with Darren Mattocks getting the other.

San Jose's Chris Wondolowski, who remains one goal behind Landon Donovan on the MLS career scoring list, entered as a substitute in the 90th minute but failed to tally.

Referee Dave Gantar issued seven yellow cards, including the two to Espinoza.

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 New York City FC 34 +21 64
2 Atlanta United FC 34 +15 58
3 Philadelphia Union 34 +8 55
4 Toronto FC 34 +5 50
5 DC United 34 +4 50
6 New York Red Bulls 34 +2 48
7 New England Revolution 34 -7 45
8 Chicago Fire 34 +8 42
9 Montreal Impact 34 -13 41
10 Columbus Crew SC 34 -8 38
11 Orlando City SC 34 -8 37
12 FC Cincinnati 34 -44 24

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 LAFC 34 +48 72
2 Seattle Sounders FC 34 +3 56
3 Real Salt Lake 34 +5 53
4 Minnesota United FC 34 +9 53
5 LA Galaxy 34 -1 51
6 Portland Timbers 34 +3 49
7 FC Dallas 34 +8 48
8 San Jose Earthquakes 34 -3 44
9 Colorado Rapids 34 -5 42
10 Houston Dynamo 34 -10 40
11 Sporting Kansas City 34 -18 38
12 Vancouver Whitecaps 34 -22 34