San Jose, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Real Salt Lake travels to Avaya Stadium on Sunday to tangle with the San Jose Earthquakes in a Western Conference clash.
Salt Lake enters the fixture unbeaten in three matches this season thanks to some late-game heroics, while the Earthquakes saw their two-game winning streak halted by the New England Revolution last weekend.
San Jose opened Avaya Stadium with a 2-1 win over the Chicago Fire, and the club will attempt to keep that record unblemished against a Salt Lake side that got a late goal from Jordan Allen to secure a 2-1 victory over Toronto FC.
The Earthquakes got off to a sluggish start against the Revs and went down 2-0 by halftime to a pair of goals from Kelyn Rowe.
The club rebounded a bit after the break and pulled to within one through a Chris Wondolowski goal in the 62nd, but it was the poor start that cost San Jose.
"We came out a little bit sleepy and that's why we were down 2-0 at halftime," said San Jose head coach Dominic Kinnear. "We fought hard to get back into the game and then obviously the chance at the end would have been great for us but unfortunately we couldn't capitalize on it."
San Jose will aim to carry that second half performance over into Sunday's game, and the team will hope for continued production from Wondolowski, who is off to a good start this season with three goals in his last two matches.
RSL began the season with two straight draws, and the club looked to be headed for a third successive stalemate when Toronto's Jackson scored in the 88th minute to level the contest at 1-1.
However, Allen picked a great time to net his first professional goal as he scored just one minute later to give RSL three points.
It marked the second straight game the club got a late goal to grab points as Alvaro Saborio converted a penalty kick in the 86th minute to help Salt Lake to a 3-3 draw with the Philadelphia Union.
Getting the first win of the season against Toronto was big according to midfielder Javier Morales, and he believes the team will gain confidence from that result.