Kasey Keller returned from a one-game red-card suspension to post his fourth straight shutout and set an MLS record as the Seattle Sounders FC beat the San Jose Earthquakes, 2-0, on Saturday night at Qwest Field.
Keller, the former U.S. national team goalkeeper from Lacey, hasn’t allowed a goal in 389 minutes to start the season, surpassing the old record of 375 set in 2007 by New York’s Ronald Waterreus.
Steve Zakuani and Brad Evans scored for Seattle.
The Sounders (4-2-0) halted a two-game losing streak while San Jose (1-3-2) is winless in its last four games.
Keller was given a red card and ejected in Seattle’s 1-0 loss to Kansas City on April 11 with the game scoreless. He then served his one-game suspension in Seattle’s 2-0 defeat to Chivas USA on April 18.
The Earthquakes have gone 11 straight games without a road victory (0-6-5) since a 2-0 win at Columbus last June 7.
Zakuani, the top overall pick in this year’s MLS draft, scored on a header in the 42nd minute that ended a ended a 266-minute drought on Zakuani’s second goal of the season.
On a free kick just outside the box on the right-wing side, the ball initially was knocked out of danger, but was held in by the Sounders.
Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, playing at the top of the box, got it through to Tyrone Marshall, who headed a target ball toward the right post. Zakuani met it there, headed it down, and it bounced into the back left corner.
Seattle made it 2-0 late in the 49th minute. Playing just over midfield on the left sideline, Zakuani sent a through ball to Nate Jaqua. He crossed to Evans, who was coming all alone down the middle, and Evans fired it past goalkeeper Joe Cannon from 14 yards straight in front.
In other games:
At Chivas USA 2, FC Dallas 0:Atiba Harris scored in the 68th minute as CD Chivas USA beat FC Dallas.
Alecko Eskandarian scored in second-half stoppage time to give Chivas the final two-goal cushion.
Chivas, who now have a league-high five wins this season, played most of the final 65 minutes with an 11-on-10 advantage as FC Dallas goalkeeper Dario Sala was sent off midway through the first half. Harris, though, picked up his second yellow card in the 89th minute and also was ejected.
In the 25th minute, Chivas’ Chukwudi Chijindu darted past FC Dallas’ defense, Sala left the penalty area and went down to try and stop Chijindu. Sala thwarted the breakaway but did so with his hand, and subsequently Sala was sent off with a straight red card.
At Real Salt Lake 6, Revolution 0: Clint Mathis had a goal and an assist as Real Salt Lake beat New England, setting team records for goals and shot attempts in a single game.
Javier Morales assisted on the first two goals for RSL (3-2-0), which extended its home winning streak to three, with both goals coming off corner kicks. RSL struck first in the 53rd minute when defender Jamison Olave scored on a header, and then two minutes later Mathis one-timed the ball beautifully with his left foot to the upper corner.
The injury-depleted Revolution (2-1-2) did not create many scoring opportunities as RSL dominated play for most of the game.
Fire 2, at Crew 2: Brian McBride and Gonzalo Segares scored in the final four minutes to help Chicago salvage a tie.
McBride pulled Chicago (2-0-4) within a goal in the 86th minute when the veteran striker scored on a header. Two minutes later, a left-footed strike from Segares evened the game and extended the record for a worst start by a defending MLS Cup champion.