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By BRYAN ROBISON
Thanks to a bizarre sequence of events, which eventually led to a penalty call, San Jose was able to power past Chivas USA, as the Earthquakes increased their lead to eight points at the top of the Western Confrence thanks to a 2-0 victory in Los Angeles.
Chris Wondolowski returned to the scoring column for just the second time in two months, converting that penalty that occurred late in the first half. The call drew the ire of Chivas USA coach Robin Fraser, after San Jose's Alan Gordon was brought down in the box by Chivas defender John Valencia. The incident was not seen by the head referee Chris Penso, as play continued on for a while. After play was whistled dead, Penso consulted with the other officials, and awarded San Jose a penalty kick, along with handing out yellow cards to both Valencia and Shalrie Joseph. Wondolowski converted the penalty attempt to put San Jose up 1-0.
But that was not the end of the sequence for Fraser, who continued to argue with the officials, eventually being ejected while walking into the locker room for the end of the first half.
Gordon would get his revenge, as it did not take long for the former Chivas forward to put his former team away, as he knocked in an early second half goal, putting San Jose up 2-0. Chivas was never able to make a mark on the scoreboard, despite a flurry of chances throughout the second half.
The shutout extends their winless streak to seven matches, as they continue to play poorly at home. They will look to put an end to that winless streak on Wednesday, as they travel to Ohio to take on the Columbus Crew. San Jose will return home to take on the Portland Timbers, as the Earthquakes look to etch their names on the Supporters' Shield trophy for the first time since 2005, with just six games remaining in the season.
Here are the match highlights:
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