SAN JOSE, Calif. — Kevin Ellis scored his first goal of the season in the 81st minute and Sporting Kansas City beat the Earthquakes 2-1 on Saturday night for their first victory in San Jose since Aug. 16, 2000.

Benny Feilhaber’s corner slipped through a group of leaping players and connected with Ellis,, who deflected it in off his back heel. Kansas City (12-12-7) was 0-10-5 in Northern California since its last victory.

Simon Dawkins tied it for San Jose (7-9-13) in the 42nd minute. Henok Goitom chased down a loose ball near the 6-yard box and flicked it back to Dawkins for an easy finish.

Dom Dwyer opened the scoring for Sporting KC in the seventh minute, heading home Paulo Nagamura’s diagonal cross into the far corner.

Quincy Amarikwa and Jordan Stewart both left the game for San Jose with injuries in the first half.