Santa Clara, CA (Sports Network) - Shea Salinas scored in the 15th minute and the San Jose Earthquakes held on for a nervy 1-0 win over the Philadelphia Union at Buck Shaw Stadium on Sunday.
The victory extends San Jose's home unbeaten streak to 13 games, and it gives the club three vital points as last season's Supporters' Shield winners continue to push for a spot in the Western Conference playoffs.
Philadelphia, meanwhile, has failed to win any of its last four matches, and has managed to score just one goal in that span.
Salinas brought the match to life in the 15th minute with a nice piece of individual skill as he got on the other end of a chipped pass from Sam Cronin, took a touch, and then volleyed the ball back across the face of goal past Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath from a tight angle.
The Union failed to trouble San Jose netminder Jon Busch in the first half, but he was fortunate to see a driven ball from Keon Daniel strike the post in the 49th minute.
San Jose's Rafael Baca was then sent off in the 57th for a poor challenge on Union forward Conor Casey, which gave the visitors an opportunity to push more men forward.
Substitute Aaron Wheeler turned a header on goal from 12 yards, but it was straight at Busch, while the post came to the 'keeper's rescue again six minutes from time.
A corner kick was swung into the six-yard box for Sheanon Williams, and his glancing header struck the far post.
The final chance for the Union to salvage a point came in stoppage time when Michael Farfan saw his close-range shot saved at the near post by Busch, preserving the win.