Sunday's MLS Capsules
Monday, October 22, 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.
TIMBERS 1, WHITECAPS 0
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Jack Jewsbury scored in the 39th minute and Portland beat Vancouver to win the Cascadia Cup and spoil the Whitecaps' bid to clinch a playoff spot in front of their home fans.
The Timbers finished 3-1-2 against their Pacific Northwest rivals to take the Cascadia Cup. Seattle was 2-1-3, and Vancouver 0-3-3.
The Whitecaps (11-13-9) ended up securing a playoff spots hours later when Seattle beat Dallas.
The Timbers (8-16-9) won for the first time on the road this season and ended a six-game losing streak.
Steven Smith started the scoring play from the left flank, sending a rolling cross to Franck Songo'o near the top of the 18-yard box. Songo'o tapped the ball back to Jewsbury and he quickly fired his shot home.
SOUNDERS 3, FC DALLAS 1
SEATTLE (AP) — Brad Evans scored twice, including the go-ahead goal, to lead Seattle past FC Dallas.
The Sounders (15-7-11), who already have clinched their fourth straight MLS playoff berth, climbed into a second-place tie with Real Salt Lake in the Western Conference. Both teams have one game remaining.
The loss eliminated FC Dallas (9-13-11) from playoff contention, securing the fifth and final spot in the West for Vancouver.
The Sounders did not have head coach Sigi Schmid on the sideline. He was serving a one-game suspension after making comments critical of the officiating Wednesdsay night after a 0-0 tie with Real Salt Lake. Assistant coach Brian Schmetzer ran the team.