Wondolowski's Hat Trick Lifts 'Quakes Over TFC

Wondolowski's Hat Trick Lifts 'Quakes Over TFC

Sept. 25, 2010

TORONTO Chris Wondolowski scored a hat trick to help the San Jose Earthquakes defeat Toronto FC, 3-2, and deal the Canadian club a significant blow to their playoff chances.Struggling on offense of late with just five goals in their last six matches, Wondolowski addressed that issue early. San Joses leading scorer capitalized on a third minute penalty, then scored twice in the second half to give the Earthquakes enough to outlast the hosts.Dwayne De Rosario and Maicon Santos scored for Toronto, who are now winless in their last five games at BMO Field after going 13 straight games unbeaten there earlier in the season.With the win, San Jose have lost just once in their last seven matches to take sole possession of seventh place overall, three points up on Seattle.For Toronto, the loss keeps them eight points out of the last playoff spot with four games remaining after Seattle defeated Chicago, 1-0, on Saturday.The win evens the all time record between the clubs at 2-2-2.Compact and stifling for 90 minutes against Cruz Azul in CONCACAF Champions League action on Tuesday, Torontos defense fell victim early.Earthquakes DP Geovanni beat defender Nick Garcia in the penalty area before feeding the ball to Bobby Convey, who was hauled down by Dan Gargan in the third minute.Wondowlowki stepped into the penalty, sending a high drive past a diving Stefan Frei into the top left corner.That goal stood the rest of the half before the match exploded for four goals in the second period.Seven minutes in, Wondolowski made it 2-0 when he came onto a centering pass from Ryan Johnson to score his 11th of the season.De Rosario gave Toronto life in the 66th minute when he took a pass from second- half substitute Mista and side footed a looping shot over Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Busch.But seconds later, Wondolowski drove home his third of the game to restore the Earthquakes two-goal lead.Maicon Santos brought Toronto back to within one in the 79th minute thanks to a pretty passing sequence started by OBrian White. White fed Chad Barrett, who sent a seeing-eye centering pass that Santos redirected into the open goal.Toronto had numerous chances to equalize late, but Nick Dasovics side couldnt finish when they needed it the most.With Dasovic and San Jose's Frank Yallop facing off, the game marked the first time in league history that two Canadian head coaches faced each other in a game.
Courtesy San Jose Earthquakes Media Services

Torres scores MLS-leading seventh goal, Dynamo shut out Earthquakes

Torres scores MLS-leading seventh goal, Dynamo shut out Earthquakes


HOUSTON — Erick Torres scored his MLS-leading seventh goal of the season and the Houston Dynamo beat the San Jose Earthquakes 2-0 on Saturday.

Torres opened the scoring in the ninth minute, converting from the penalty spot after Fatai Alashe conceded a penalty against Alex Lima. Alberth Elis tapped in a corner kick — Houston's first of the match — by Eric Alexander in the 72nd. Elis, a 21-year old designated player, has three goals in seven career MLS games.

It was the third game in eight days for San Jose (2-3-3), which is winless in its last six after opening the season with back-to-back victories.

Joe Willis had two saves for his first shutout this season. It was his second consecutive start after Tyler Deric started the first five matches for the Dynamo (4-2-1).

Houston is unbeaten, and all of its four wins have come, at home.

Earthquakes begin three-game road trip with draw vs Revolution

Earthquakes begin three-game road trip with draw vs Revolution


FOXBOROUGH, Mass.  — Cody Cropper had his second shutout of the season and the New England Revolution tied the San Jose Earthquakes 0-0 on a rainy Wednesday night.

New England (2-3-2) had its six-game home winning streak snapped. San Jose (2-2-3) ended a five-game road losing streak.

Cropper had a great reaction save of Fatai Alashe's redirection in the 66th minute. Cropper was moving to his right but extended his left leg to deny a near-post shot. Cropper also punched away Darwin Ceren's blast in the 88th minute.

San Jose goalkeeper David Bingham also had his second clean sheet of the season. He came out of his area to deny Diego Fagundez in the 26th minute. Fagundez had a nice give-and-go with Juan Agudelo in the 74th minute, but Fagundez's rolling shot was knocked wide by Bingham.



San Jose 0 0—0
New England 0 0—0

First half_None.

Second half_None.

Goalies_San Jose, David Bingham, Andrew Tarbell; New England, Cody Cropper, Brad Knighton.

Yellow Cards_Godoy, San Jose, 27th; Bingham, San Jose, 85th.

Referee_Hilario Grajeda.



San Jose_David Bingham; Victor Bernardez, Shaun Francis, Nick Lima; Fatai Alashe, Anibal Godoy, Jahmir Hyka, Florian Jungwirth; Cordell Cato (Tommy Thompson, 69th), Danny Hoesen (Marcos Urena, 69th), Chris Wondolowski (Darwin Ceren, 83rd).

New England_Cody Cropper; Benjamin Angoua, Antonio Delamea Mlinar, Andrew Farrell, Chris Tierney; Scott Caldwell, Diego Fagundez, Daigo Kobayashi (Kei Kamara, 52nd), Lee Nguyen, Kelyn Rowe; Juan Agudelo (Xavier Kouassi, 78th).