Chris Wondolowski scores twice, Earthquakes beat Orlando City 3-0

Magnus Eriksson scored the opener, Chris Wondolowski added two more before halftime, and the San Jose Earthquakes cruised to a 3-0 win over Orlando City on Saturday night at Avaya Stadium.

San Jose took the lead in the third minute when Eriksson dribbled through two defenders and finished a skidder from the right corner of the 6-yard box.

Wondolowski made it 2-0 in the 20th minute, staying just onside for Valeri Qazaishvili’s pass and finishing a left-footed chip that bounded into the goal after a deflection off the goalkeeper. In the 33rd minute, Wondolowski added his 13th goal of the season, punching Cristian Espinoza’s cross into the top of the net.

The Earthquakes (13-10-5) have won two in a row after losing three straight and improved from seventh to second place in the crowded Western Conference standings. Orlando City dropped to 9-13-7.

MLS highlights: Kacper Przybylko and Sergio Santos assisted each other on late goals as the host Philadelphia Union beat Atlanta United 3-1 to move into first place in the East. … Former U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard, who started his MLS career for New York in 1998, made three saves to record the 211th shutout of his 21-year professional career as the Colorado Rapids beat the host Red Bulls 2-0. … Ola Kamara scored twice in the first half and D.C. United beat host Montreal 3-0 to move into fourth place in the East. … Diego Valeri scored in the 16th minute and the host Portland Timbers held on to snap a two-game losing streak with a 1-0 victory over Real Salt Lake, which dropped into third behind the Quakes in the West.

Europe: By beating Burnley 3-0, Liverpool achieved a club-record 13th straight English Premier League victory and stayed in first place heading into the two-week break for internationals.

• Manchester City is hot on Liverpool’s heels in second place after a 4-0 home win over Brighton that included two goals by Sergio Aguero, who leads the EPL with six.

Both Manchester United and Chelsea squandered leads, United drawing 1-1 at Southampton and Chelsea surrendering a two-goal lead at home to promoted team Sheffield United and drawing 2-2. Both United and Chelsea are seven points back of Liverpool.

• Elsewhere, Union Berlin claimed its first-ever Bundesliga win to end Borussia Dortmund’s perfect start to the season with a 3-1 victory. … In the Spanish League, Barcelona, without injured stars Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele, struggled to a 2-2 draw at Osasuna.

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