SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) – Dwayne De Rosario scored a pair of second-half goals and D.C. United hung on despite playing a man down for the final 20 minutes to beat the San Jose Earthquakes 2-0 Saturday night.
De Rosario scored in the 57th and 67th minutes against the team that gave him his MLS start in 2001.
D.C. United, which hasn't lost on the road since April 29, beat the Earthquakes in their home stadium for the first time since June 3, 1998. Current United coach Ben Olsen had a goal and an assist in that game.
D.C. United's Andy Najar was red carded in the 70th minute for hauling down Joey Gjertsen, who slipped behind the visitors' defense. But San Jose still couldn't score. Its winless streak reached nine games, the longest since the franchise was re-established in 2008.
De Rosario, playing only his fifth game with D.C. United since being acquired from the New York Red Bulls on June 27, broke open what had been a mostly defensive contest by taking advantage of a San Jose miscue.
Earthquakes center back Nana Attakora slipped trying to react to a long lead pass from Najar, leaving De Rosario open in the heart of San Jose's defense. De Rosario settled the ball and took one dribble before beating charging goalkeeper Jon Busch from 21 yards, sending the shot bouncing in off of the bottom of the crossbar.
The goal, United's first since July 9, ended D.C. United's scoreless run at 266 minutes.
D.C. United midfielder Chris Pontius set up the second goal, working free deep on the left wing and feeding a grounded pass to De Rosario, whose shot from 14 yards burrowed into the far upper corner of the net.
San Jose leading scorer Chris Wondolowski had the hosts' best chance in the 80th minute when he sprang free on the right wing, but D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid made a sliding foot save to turn aside the 2010 MLS Golden Boot winner.