VANCOUVER — Mauro Rosales and Kendall Waston scored in the first half Sunday as the Vancouver Whitecaps cruised past the San Jose Earthquakes 3-1.
Octavio Rivero added another from the penalty spot in the 56th minute as Vancouver moved into second place in Major League Soccer's Western Conference.
Quincy Amarikwa scored a late consolation goal for San Jose, his third in three games since being acquired in a trade with the Chicago Fire.
Rosales' first goal in a Whitecaps uniform came in the fifth minute after some great work from Kekuta Manneh split open the Earthquakes defence. The speedy winger raced through midfield before the ball found its way to Rosales, who calmly stroked a shot past San Jose goalkeeper David Bingham.
The Whitecaps (11-8-3) doubled their lead in the 32nd minute, with Rosales turning provider on a corner kick that Waston headed home for his first goal of the season. The goal was also Vancouver's first off a corner in 2015.
San Jose (7-9-4) had an opportunity to cut the deficit three minutes later, but Cordell Cato's shot after taking a feed from Amarikwa in close went just wide.
Rivero — who started the season with five goals in his first six MLS games, but had just two since — had a great chance in the 51st minute on a slick pass from Manneh only to see his shot just role wide.
But the Whitecaps striker would finally get his eighth of the season on a penalty five minutes later after being brought down by substitute Paulo Renato in the San Jose box.
Vancouver captain Pedro Morales subbed on in the 68th minute to roaring cheers at B.C. Place Stadium after missing the last five games with a calf injury.
The Earthquakes didn't have a shot on target until the 76th minute when David Ousted made a comfortable save on Cato's effort before Shea Salinas hit the Whitecaps' crossbar on a rocket of a shot in the 81st that stayed out.
Amarikwa then broke the shutout in the 90th minute, blasting a shot past Ousted.
The result improved Vancouver's home record to 5-4-1 on the year while also snapping a three-game slide (0-2-1). San Jose, meanwhile, has dropped four straight in the league and sits ninth in the West, seven points back of the final playoff spot.
Pa-Modou Kah started for the Whitecaps after sitting out the last two matches with a calf injury of his own, while fellow central defender Kendall Waston was back in his familiar spot following a one-game absence because of a stint with Costa Rica at the Gold Cup.
Earthquakes captain Chris Wondolowski suited up for his team after playing 60 minutes for the United States in Saturday's third-place game at the Gold Cup.
The Whitecaps' next game is Saturday in Seattle against the Sounders, the first of eight matches for Vancouver in a busy August. San Jose visits the Portland Timbers on Sunday.
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Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press