- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 26, 2009

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Ryan Johnson and Cornell Glen scored and the San Jose Earthquakes rallied from two down to tie D.C. United 2-2 on Saturday night.

Christian Gomez scored twice for United (6-3-10) in the first 21 minutes.

San Jose (3-10-5), the worst team in the Western Conference, had a couple of its familiar defensive breakdowns but responded by dominating play over the final hour.

United broke on top after three minutes. Chris Pontius flicked a header into open space inside the Earthquakes’ penalty box, and defender Mike Zaher collided with United forward Luciano Emilio to concede San Jose’s first penalty kick of the season.

Gomez slotted a low shot to his right, away from diving goalkeeper Joe Cannon.

Zaher played a part of D.C.’s 21st-minute goal as well when Andrew Jacobson unleashed a 25-yard shot. The ball deflected off Zaher and stopped some 10 yards from the net; Gomez pounced on the rebound for his second goal and third in as many matches.

The Earthquakes drew within a goal in the 36th minute when Glen nodded on a cross from Zaher to Johnson, who sent a volley into the upper net.

San Jose pulled even with a penalty kick in the 62nd minute. Rodney Wallace was called for a hand ball after Darren Huckerby’s cross eluded D.C. ‘keeper Josh Wicks.

Glen, a May 26 signing making just his second start for the Earthquakes because of visa problems and national team duty for Trinidad & Tobago, fired the ball past a diving Wicks.

Story from: STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com.

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