Earthquakes rally to tie Galaxy 2-2
Sunday, October 21, 2012
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- Chris Wondolowski scored his MLS-leading 26th goal and the San Jose Earthquakes came back twice in the second half for a 2-2 tie with the Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunday.
Wondolowski's goal, a diving header in the 73rd minute off Marvin Chavez's corner kick, put him one behind Roy Lassiter's season MLS scoring mark with one game left.
The Earthquakes (19-6-8), who clinched the Supporters' Shield when Sporting Kansas City tied New York on Saturday, finish their regular season Saturday in Portland.
Wondolowski moved into a tie for second place on the league's goal list. Stern John had 26 goals for Columbus in 1998, and Mamadou Diallo accomplished the feat for Tampa Bay in 2000.
Robbie Keane scored his 12th goal in 15 games, and Edson Buddle, making his first start since May 26, nodded in his third of the season to stake the Galaxy to a pair of second-half leads.
But Marvin Chavez curled home a beautiful free kick, and Wondolowski finally broke through after hitting the post twice in successive minutes earlier in the second half.
San Jose extended its unbeaten streak at Buck Shaw Stadium to 18 matches, moving to 11-0-7 since Aug. 13, 2011. The Earthquakes are unbeaten in eight matches overall.
The Galaxy (15-12-6) are virtually assured of finishing fourth in the Western Conference, and thus having to play an extra postseason match.