Cornell Glen, Darren Huckerby and Chris Wondolowski scored in the second half to help the San Jose Earthquakes end a four-game winless streak with a 4-0 victory over the Seattle Sounders FC on Sunday.
San Jose (4-10-5), last in the Western Conference, also benefited from an own goal in the 2nd minute of play when Ryan Johnson's shot deflected off Seattle's Osvaldo Alonso and past goalie Kasey Keller into the net.
The Earthquakes, 0-2-2 in their last four, got their biggest victory of the season and won for the first time since June 20 against Los Angeles. San Jose also beat Seattle (7-4-8) for the first time after losing the first two meetings.
The first half also included five flags, including a red card issued to Seattle's James Riley _ who played with San Jose last season _ in the 33rd minute.
The Earthquakes dominated after the break, starting in the 54th minute when Glen took a pass from midfielder Shea Salinas and dropped it in at the top of the net.
Huckerby scored in the 78th into an empty net after his initial shot was deflected by the Sounders' Stephen King. Six minutes later, Salinas intercepted a Seattle pass and set up Wondolowski.