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Cowell and Yueill inspire San Jose to comfortable win

San Jose Earthquakes recorded a second consecutive victory, easing past DC United 4-1 on Saturday evening.

Javier Lopez opened the scoring inside of a minute, before Cade Cowell doubled their advantage. Tony Alfaro pulled one back for DC United; however a Jackson Yueill brace, including a stunning volley, ensured San Jose secured all three points.

Victory means San Jose have six points from their first three games, their best start to an MLS season since 2017.

San Jose made an electric start the game as Lopez curled home from the edge of the box after just 55 seconds, his first goal for the club since joining on loan from Guadalajara.

Cowell doubled San Jose's advantage after 25 minutes, outpacing the DC defence after a long ball from Cristian Espinoza. The 17-year-old calmly placed pass Chris Seitz, with the keeper leaving too much room at his near post.

DC had made a poor start; however got back into the game after Alfaro smashed home from close range on the half hour mark.

San Jose had a couple of excellent chances to restore their two goal advantage, with Paul Marie and Espinoza missing from close range.

The resulting corner from Espinoza's miss though produced the matches real moment of quality, with Yueill smashing home brilliantly from the edge of the box.

The second half was a quieter affair and only came into life in the final 10 minutes, with Erik Sorga missing a glorious chance to keep DC United in the game.

A poor clearance from JT Marcinkowski fell perfectly for Julian Gressel who squared for Sorga, whose tame effort was blocked on the line by Florian Jungwirth.

Sorga was made to pay almost immediately, with Yueill heading home from close range after Cowell's perfect cross.

Next up for the Earthquakes is an away trip to Real Salt Lake on Friday evening.

By Joshua Jones

Twitter: seabourne92

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