Controversial penalty helps Earthquakes complete comeback to top Rapids

Controversial penalty helps Earthquakes complete comeback to top Rapids

MLS- San Jose Earthquakes

Controversial penalty helps Earthquakes complete comeback to top Rapids

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Alan Gordon has made a habit of pulling off late-game heroics to salvage valuable points for the San Jose Earthquakes. He did it again on Wednesday, only he did so in a manner that might come back to haunt him.

Gordon scored an 84th minute equalizer against the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday night, but it was what he did in the dying seconds of regulation that left the Rapids irate and the Earthquakes celebrating another late comeback.

Gordon raced into the penalty for one last charge, and when Matt Pickens made a play for the ball, Gordon crumpled to the ground as if he had been fouled, though replays showed there was no contact from Pickens. That didn't stop referee Storin Stoica from pointing to the penalty spot and giving the Earthquakes a stoppage-time penalty. Chris Wondolowski buried the PK to give San Jose a 2-1 victory.

The late rally helped negate a first-half goal by Brian Mullan. The Rapids looked like they would hold on to the shutout victory when Gordon re-directed a cross into the net.

Here are the match highlights:

 

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