Earthquakes strike late to down 9-man Real Salt Lake, take top spot in West

Earthquakes strike late to down 9-man Real Salt Lake, take top spot in West

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Earthquakes strike late to down 9-man Real Salt Lake, take top spot in West

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There's a new top dog in the MLS Western Conference.

Playing with nine men, conference-leading Real Salt Lake succumbed to two San Jose Earthquakes goals in second-half stoppage time, as San Jose won 3-1 at Buck Shaw Stadium to take over the top spot in the West.

Simon Dawkins scored the game-winner off Stephen Beitashour's second assist of the night, and Chris Wondolowski netted his league-leading eighth goal to cap off the victory — San Jose's first over RSL since July 3, 2009.

Fabian Espindola was the first RSL player to be sent off after a two-footed, studs-up challenge on Sam Cronin in the 29th minute. Khari Stephenson made RSL pay for it in the 47th minute with bouncing header, but Kyle Beckerman equalized with an elusive run-and-shot six minutes later. Jamison Olave became the second RSL player to be sent off for denying Stephen Lenhart an obvious goalscoring opportunity, though replays showed that Lenhart pulled Olave into him during the shoulder-to-shoulder challenge in the 69th minute. 

San Jose went on the offensive after that, and they cashed in on their chances in the dying moments to seal the three points. 

Match highlights are after the jump:

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