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Earthquakes outplay Sounders in Seattle as Wondolowski nets game-winning goal

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The Seattle Sounders went into Saturday night's Western Conference showdown vs. San Jose with aspirations of maintaining second place in the West, and potentially a chance to draw closer to first-place Earthquakes.

It took the Earthquakes just two minutes to show they had no intention of losing, and it took a impressive overall performance to show why they are the best team in the league.

Chris Wondolowski scored a game-winning goal in the 30th-minute for his league-leading 22nd goal, and the Earthquakes defense made the goal stand up as their high-pressure approach flustered Seattle on their way to a 2-1 victory at CenturyLink Field on Saturday night.

Simon Dawkins scored a second-minute blast for the Earthquakes, but Seattle answered right back when Steve Zakuani converted a Sammy Ochoa pass to tie the score in the 14th minute.

Playing without suspended forward Eddie Johnson and injured playmaker Mauro Rosales, the Sounders struggled to generate consistent chances against a San Jose side that pressured well throughout the match, and particularly in the first half.

The Earthquakes maintained that pressure throughout, and the defense, led by Victor Bernardez and Jason Hernandez, limited the Sounders to just one shot on goal.

The win moves San Jose five points clear of Sporting Kansas City in the race for the Supporters Shield, while the loss dropped Seattle to fourth place in the West.

Here are the match highlights


What did you think of the match? Impressed with how well San Jose played in Seattle? Surprised to see the Sounders struggle to generate chances?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. I could see Wondo succeeding in Eredivisie, but he’s 29, right? He’s pretty late into his career to start thinking about Europe – or for Europe to start thinking about him.

  2. Earthquakes are now 8-0-0 vs. Seattle, LA and RSL wow!!! with one home match left vs. LA. No doubt about it they are the best team in the west this year…congrats to them. Wondo is one of the good guys in this league give him the MVP now.

  3. It’s funny because almost every team in MLS would love to have Lenhart on their team. No one wants to play against him because he is such a pain to play against. I guarantee if he was on anyone else’s team, the fans of that team would love him.

  4. Top 5 for sure but I don’t know about biggest D-Bag in MLS history. We have had some winners. Remember Mathis? The hair. The boots. Maestroni took off his own jersey and humped his number on the back of his shirt after scoring a goal. We have had some winners.

  5. Watching Lenhart fly into people and fall over every time he touched the ball is absolutely disgusting. He’s worse than Carlos Ruiz ever was. Congratulations Lenhart, I think you’ve taken of the biggest D-bag in MLS history spot. Go out and celebrate!

  6. 22nd. 6 to go to break the record with what…4-5 games. I had him pegged at scoring 25. Maybe I was wrong. But definitely he needs to head to EUROPE

  7. Yea but now there is a good chance both RSL and LA could overtake them, meaning Seattle would be in the play-in match.

    As an LA fan, I welcome the move to 2nd place.


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