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Lenhart Leads Earthquakes Over Birmingham City, 4-0

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Steven Lenhart, acquired by the San Jose Earthquakes from the Columbus Crew. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

Steven Lenhart, acquired by the San Jose Earthquakes from the Columbus Crew. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

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BIRMINGHAM CITY, England (CBS) – Steven Lenhart scored a brace to lead the San Jose Earthquakes to a 4-0 win against Birmingham City on Tuesday in an exhibition game.

Chris Wondolowski opened the scoring in the 38th minute with a header from close range. Joey Gjertsen initially played in a corner kick that was cleared back to him. Gjertsen took a touch and then directed a cross to the near post that Wondolowski finished powerfully past the Birmingham keeper.

The Quakes scored twice in the dying embers of the first half to take a commanding 3-0 lead. With one minute remaining in the half, Wondolowski sent a through ball that sprung Lenhart for a 1-on-1 with Birmingham City’s keeper. Lenhart blasted a shot to the far post for a 2-0 lead.

Moments later, Gjertsen turned his man and immediately fired a shot from 25 yards out that curled into the left corner, a cracker that drew praise from both technical staffs after the match to give the Quakes a 3-0 lead going into halftime.

Lenhart completed the scoring for San Jose in the 84th minute. Ryan Johnson tapped a pass on the left to an overlapping Ramiro Corrales. San Jose’s captain took the ball to the touchline and whipped a cross into the penalty box that Lenhart dove to meet and headed mid-flight to complete his brace.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.)

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