The Earthquakes played a man down for the majority of the second half, getting straight red cards in the 53rd and 87th minutes. FC Dallas was reduced to 10 men in the 75th.
San Jose (5-5-4) is winless in its last there matches. FC Dallas (6-4-4) was held scoreless for the fifth time this season.
San Jose's Mark Sherrod was whistled for the first red card. He was attempting to jump over Dan Kennedy, who was on the ground after securing a cross, and Sherrod's foot contacted the goalkeeper's head. It appeared to be accidental, as Kennedy was trying to get to his feet when Sherrod started his leap. San Jose's second red card came after J.J. Koval's studs-up challenge of Ryan Hollingshead. Koval entered as a substitute in the 89th.
FC Dallas' Je-Vaughn Watson was sent off after a studs-up challenge. On San Jose's ensuing free kick, Chris Wondolowski sailed a header over the crossbar. Wondolowski missed another header in the 84th.