SEATTLE -- A dismal start prompted a dismal day for the Earthquakes.

San Jose's four-match unbeaten streak came to an end Saturday afternoon in sunny Seattle following a 4-0 loss to Sounders FC.

The Sounders scored three times in the first 54 minutes of the match, leaving the Earthquakes (3-4-5) humbled and looking for an answers.

"A drubbing loss," San Jose coach Frank Yallop said. "Four-nil never sits well with anybody."

Twice in the first half, Alan Gordon, just back from his three-game suspension for using an anti-gay slur, had clean chances. The first was a header that went over the cross bar. In the second, he settled the ball just inside the 6-yard box, pivoted and struck a shot with his left foot that went directly into the belly of Sounders keeper Michael Gspurning.

Chris Wondolowski had his own close-range chance in the first half when he slid in to toe-poke a cross. That, too, found a direct route to Gspurning.

"When we get our chances, it's vital we score them, because we're letting the chances leak by," midfielder Sam Cronin said.

Those empty chances took added weight late in the half. A yellow card was raised in front of midfielder Rafael Baca when he stepped across a driving Brad Evans of the Sounders. Just outside the box, Seattle captain Mauro Rosales ran at the stationary ball on a path parallel to the goal line. His shot bent hard toward the near post, rising over the wall and curling just inside the post and out of goalkeeper Jon Busch's reach.


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Busch stood with his hands on his hips, not staring at anything in particular after the goal. There was only one minute of stoppage time in the first half and the Sounders (3-3-3) used it to take a 2-0 lead.

The Sounders' Lamar Neagle vaulted Seattle in front in the 28th minute when he sprinted onto a chest-pass settle from Rosales at the top of the box. The Quakes were beaten to spots twice on the goal.

Rosales bodied off Victor Bernardez to position himself for the chest trap of Eddie Johnson's cross. Neagle got to the ball before a sliding Steven Beitashour to get off a hard shot that went off Busch's hands.

"You've got to be there first," Yallop said. "It's about anticipating the play."

Early in second half, the Sounders turned the match into a rout. Neagle scored again after dribbling across the top of the box and shooting low and to Busch's left. Neagle was able to settle high service, dribble several strides and get his shot off while holding off Justin Morrow, who started at center back for the first time this season.

A final aggravating bounce gave the Sounders their fourth goal three minutes into stoppage time in the second half. An attempted clearance bounced off a San Jose defender and right to the feet of Seattle's Obafemi Martins, who finished.

San Jose had not allowed more than two goals in a match this season.

"Three goals were very good," Yallop said. "We've just got to dust ourselves off and get ready for our next game."