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2021 Major League Soccer, Regular Season
  • Javier López (1')
  • Cade Cowell (26')
  • Jackson Yueill (43', 85')
  • Tony Alfaro (31')

Jackson Yueill, Cade Cowell on fire as San Jose Earthquakes rout D.C. United

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Cade Cowell off to hot start vs. DC United (1:29)

Cade Cowell assists Javier Lopez's 1st minute goal and scores a goal of his own in the 26th minute. (1:29)

Jackson Yueill scored twice, 17-year-old Cade Cowell added a goal and two assists and the San Jose Earthquakes routed visiting D.C. United 4-1 on Saturday night.

Javier Eduardo Lopez added his first goal in MLS for the Earthquakes, who have won their first two home matches for the first time since 2017.

Tony Alfaro scored his first MLS goal as a consolation for D.C., which has lost its first two road matches after a promising victory at home to start the season under new manager Hernan Losada.

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With 12 players unavailable due to assorted injuries, D.C. conceded four times after allowing only a goal in each of its first two contests.

Cowell now has two goals and three assists in three starts this season as he continues to be coach Matias Almeyda's first choice at center forward. The teenager made four starts last year, but he has seized the opportunity left by Danny Hoesen's departure and Chris Wondolowski aging into a substitute role.

Lopez got San Jose in front after less than a minute, and in foreshadowing of what would come for most of the match, Cowell was in the middle of it.

Paul Marie spotted Cowell cutting in from the wing, and Cowell got behind his marker before playing the ball to Lopez on his right. From just beyond the penalty arc, Lopez curled a 25-yard, left-footed effort beyond the dive of goalkeeper Chris Seitz.

It was 2-0 in the 26th minute when Cristian Espinoza played a ball down the right for Cowell, who sprinted to reach it, and with his first touch, took himself past Frederic Brillant before hammering a finish past Seitz with his second touch.

Alfaro pulled a goal back for D.C. off a 31st-minute corner kick, but Yueill made it 3-1 going into halftime with a sensational volley from the top of the penalty area in the 43rd minute.

Cowell picked out Yueill for an insurance tally at back post for an insurance tally in the 85th minute.

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Philadelphia Union 12 +7 21
2 New York City FC 11 +13 20
3 CF Montréal 12 +2 20
4 Orlando City SC 12 -1 20
5 New York Red Bulls 12 +8 20
6 FC Cincinnati 12 -2 19
7 Atlanta United FC 11 +1 15
8 D.C. United 11 -3 13
9 Charlotte FC 12 -5 13
10 Columbus Crew 11 +2 13
11 New England Revolution 11 -2 12
12 Inter Miami CF 12 -10 12
13 Toronto FC 12 -7 11
14 Chicago Fire FC 12 -5 11

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Austin FC 12 +13 23
2 LAFC 12 +10 23
3 FC Dallas 12 +10 22
4 LA Galaxy 12 +2 20
5 Real Salt Lake 12 -4 19
6 Nashville SC 12 0 18
7 Houston Dynamo FC 12 0 15
8 Colorado Rapids 12 0 15
9 Minnesota United FC 12 0 15
10 Portland Timbers 13 -1 15
11 Seattle Sounders FC 10 -1 13
12 San Jose Earthquakes 12 -6 13
13 Sporting Kansas City 13 -12 12
14 Vancouver Whitecaps 11 -9 11