Letdown in second half spells loss for San Jose Earthquakes

Graham Smith scored his first MLS goal, Benny Feilhaber also connected and Sporting Kansas City overcame a one-goal hole to beat the visiting Earthquakes 2-1.

It was San Jose’s second straight loss following a five-game unbeaten streak and dropped them to sixth place in the Western Conference.

Smith tapped in a rebound from point-blank range to make it 2-1 in the 76th minute. Johnny Russell’s free kick from just outside the area was parried by goalkeeper Daniel Vega, but Smith first-timed a side-footer into a wide-open net.

“I think it was an even game,” said Earthquakes coach Matias Almeyda. “Each team had one half. Even though we had our chances to go up one goal, in the second half they scored more goals than us. They stepped up their lines, and that’s why they beat us.”

Sporting KC (8-11-7) snapped a two-game skid and won for just the second time in its past six games.

Chris Wondolowski gave San Jose (11-9-5) the lead in the 25th, heading a corner kick by Cristian Espinoza off the far post. The 36-year-old Wondolowski became the first MLS player to score at least 10 goals in 10 consecutive seasons. He has a league-record 154 goals.

“I thought Kansas City came out in the second half and played extremely well,” Wondolowski said. “We came out a little flat and got punished and rightfully so.”

On his 10 goals in 10 seasons mark, Wondowlowski said, “It’s pretty cool. I really wish it came on a win, but I’m very proud of that and hope to keep it going.”

Feilhaber first-timed a half-volley between a trio of defenders from the top of the box to tie it in the 50th minute.

LA Galaxy 2, Seattle 2: Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored in each half and the host LA Galaxy tied Seattle despite playing nearly the entire match down a man. The Galaxy’s Daniel Steres was sent off in the sixth minute for the denial of obvious goal opportunity.

LAFC 2, Real Salt Lake 0: Carlos Vela scored his MLS-leading 24th goal of the season, Tyler Miller had four saves and visiting Los Angeles FC won to clinch a playoff berth.

Minnesota 1, Orlando 1: Abu Danladi smashed home a close-range putback in second-half stoppage time and host Minnesota United salvaged the draw.

Colorado 2, Houston 2: Mauro Manotas scored two second-half goals and the host Dynamo tied the Rapids in Davy Arnaud’s coaching debut for Houston.

New England 1, New York Red Bulls 1: Gustavo Bou scored in the 65th minute and visiting New England tied New York.

New York City FC 4, Cincinnati 1: Heber Araujo dos Santos and Valentin Castellanos each scored twice for visiting New York City FC.

Toronto FC 2, Columbus 2: Jozy Altidore scored in the 90th minute to give visiting Toronto FC the draw.

Vancouver 1, D.C. United 0: Yordy Reyna scored in the 18th minute in for host Vancouver.

Dallas 3, Montreal 3: Ryan Hollingshead scored in stoppage time and visiting FC Dallas overcame a three-goal deficit to tie the Impact.

Chicago 2, Philadelphia 0: Nemanja Nikolic scored twice to run his goals streak to four games and the host Fire beat the Union despite playing down a man throughout the second half.

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