Thanks to a first half red card to Adam Moffat, the San Jose Earthquakes downed FC Dallas 2-1 on Saturday evening at Toyota Stadium. The Quakes got first half goals from Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi and Atiba Harris to cancel out an early goal from Blas Perez to earn the three points.
FC Dallas got on the board first in the 16th minute when Fabian Castillo tracked down a ball on the right side of the field and sent it back into the mix to Perez. He met the cross with a beautiful volley that set the ball into the back of the net for his fourth goal of the season.
The lead didn't last long as San Jose leveled the match, 1-1, in the 27th minute on a goal scored by Harris. The goal started with an Earthquakes corner kick that was chested down in the area by Stephen Lenhart and slid inside to Harris, the former FC Dallas midfielder knocked a pass just inside the post to beat Chris Seitz.
Things got dicy for FCD moments later however as Moffat picked up his second yellow card for persistent infringement. The red card was the club's sixth of the season, just one shy of a club record set in 2008.
San Jose increased their lead shortly after the red card to Moffat with a rocket from Pierazzi in the 45th minute. Pierazzi took full advantage of the extra room in the midfield and sent in a 35-yard bomb by Seitz.
FCD had a couple chances late in the game but San Jose keeper Jon Busch once again had a strong performance in goal to keep the lead for his side.
After the loss, FCD has now extended their winless run to eight games, with six of their seven losses on the season coming in that stretch. They will return to action next weekend as they host the Colorado Rapids.