Chris Wondolowski (pictured) scored one of the San Jose Earthquakes' goals in a 3-0 CONCACAF Champions League win over the visiting Impact de Montreal on September 17, 2013, at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, California. (Photo: Dennis Concordel/www.widgic.com)
SANTA CLARA, California -- The San Jose Earthquakes kept their hopes of reaching the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals alive with a 3-0 win over the Impact de Montreal Impact on Tuesday at Buck Shaw Stadium.
In a clash of Major League Soccer rivals, San Jose (1-0-2, 3 points) earned its first Group 5 win, while the Impact (1-0-2, 3 points) lost for a second straight time. Guatemala’s Heredia (2-0-0, 6 points) remains the group leader.
The Earthquakes also extended their home unbeaten streak to 15 matches in competitive games.
United States international Chris Wondolowski scored in the first half, while Marvin Chavez and Shea Salinas added a second-half goals.
Wondolowski, the reigning MLS Golden Boot winner, gave San Jose the lead in the 21st minute. After taking a headed pass from Steven Lenhart, the 30-year-old forward powered a left-footed shot from close range past goalkeeper Evan Bush for his second career CCL goal.
Chavez, a Honduran international, made it 2-0 in the 57th minute, netting from distance into the top left corner.
Salinas closed out the scoring, beating Bush from the right side in the 84th minute.
Lenhart, who entered the game with four career goals in the competition, did not score, but he had several close encounters in front of the Montreal net.
With the match only five minutes old, his header from the middle of the penalty area missed wide right. Two minutes later, Lenhart's header attempt from inside the penalty area, off a Chavez cross, was saved by Bush.
A minute after setting up Wondolowski for his tally, Lenhart fired a shot from outside the box, forcing a stop from Bush.
The Impact placed its first shot on target in the 33rd minute, when Patrice Bernier’s right-footed attempt from outside the area was saved by Impact goalkeeper David Bingham.
Montreal's second-half substitute Marco Di Vaio, the leading scorer in MLS with 18 goals, almost sliced the lead in half in the 83rd minute, but Bingham was there at the lower right corner.
The Canadian champion will complete its group stage play on September 24, hosting Heredia at the Stade Saputo, while the Earthquakes will welcome the Guatemalan side to California on October 23.