Chris Wondolowski scored twice and Innocent Emeghara added another as the 10-man San Jose Earthquakes survived goals from Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins to win 3-2 at CenturyLink Field on Saturday night.

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Chris Wondolowski scored twice and Innocent Emeghara added another as the 10-man San Jose Earthquakes survived goals from Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins to win 3-2 at CenturyLink Field on Saturday night.

Here are my first impressions:

– The Brad Evans experiment had a rough night.

Earlier this week, converted Seattle center back Brad Evans lavished Wondolowski with praise. Evans complimented both the San Jose striker’s intelligence and movement, as well as his nose for goal.

Wondolowski proved Evans right on Saturday – to the Seattle captain’s detriment.

The ‘Quakes forward first beat Evans to a ninth-minute free kick that was bouncing around the box, winning an aerial battle only to head his shot off the underside of the bar.

A few minutes later, Wondolowski evaded his markers in the box and made no mistake. Evans mistimed his jump and the forward turned Marvell Wynne’s cross into the back of the net to knot the score at one.

Early in the second half, Evans attempted to play a simple headed back pass to goalkeeper Stefan Frei – only to watch helplessly as Wondolowski got to it first and hammered the ball home to put the visitors in front.

It got worse.

A red card to Victor Bernardez reduced San Jose to 10 men for the final 35 minutes and change, but with 20 minutes to go, Emeghara juked inside Evans and fired inside the far post to make it 3-1.

This was always going to be a stiff test for Evans in just his second game as a full-time defensive starter. Wondolowski’s positioning and San Jose’s surprising fluency on the ball made for a long Saturday night.

– Seattle was ready to play – at first

The Sounders looked loose and confident prior to kickoff, bouncing on the soles of their feet, itching for kickoff.

It took them just 18 seconds to put that positive energy to good use, as Tyrone Mears fired Lamar Neagle’s cross on net and Dempsey headed the rebound over the line. Dempsey’s goal was the fastest in Sounders history – at least in the MLS era – edging out Eddie Johnson’s goal against Colorado in 2011 by more than a minute-and-a-half.

Gradually, though, that energy began to wane. Martins tapped in a feed from Andy Rose with six minutes to go, but that proved nothing more than a consolation prize.

San Jose actually had more of the ball through the opening half hour and out-shot the Sounders 7-3 in the first half. It continued to fight after the break.

– Make no mistake: This is a bad loss.

Entering Saturday, San Jose hadn’t won an MLS match since Aug. 2, 2014. Its last win? 1-0 over Seattle at Levi’s Stadium. The ‘Quakes managed just two shots on goal in an opening-night loss to F.C. Dallas.

Even with this win, San Jose is a long shot for the playoff places in the West.

This result takes plenty of the shine off Seattle’s own 3-0 win against New England last weekend. Both the players and coaches talked this week about staying level-headed, about never getting too high or too low.

This is MLS, where parity remains. Saturday night provided a particularly painful reminder.