Santa Clara, CA (Sports Network) - Chris Wondolowski's first-half strike was
enough to lift the San Jose Earthquakes to a 1-0 win over the Seattle Sounders
on Saturday at Buck Shaw Stadium.
San Jose settled for a 1-1 draw with the Columbus Crew last week courtesy of a
late equalizer from Justin Morrow and Saturday's result extends the
Earthquakes unbeaten run in league play to a modest three consecutive matches.
Both sides had ample opportunities to get on the board in the opening 45
minutes and San Jose was able to find the only goal of the match right on the
stroke of halftime.
Wondolowski collected a nice feed from rookie Adam Jahn just outside the
Seattle penalty area. He quickly turned and took a few touches to his right
before ripping a right-footed rocket off the inside of the far post and past
Seattle goalkeeper Michael Gspurning for the 1-0 edge.
After the break, Seattle pressed for the equalizer and had a phenomenal chance
in the 75th minute when Osvaldo Alonso let a shot rip from 25 yards out that
was stopped by San Jose goalkeeper Jon Busch. Busch left a nice rebound in
front of goal, but recovered to stop the onrushing David Estrada to keep his
side in front.
The Sounders had one final excellent chance two minutes from time when Alonso
cracked a free kick on goal from outside the box, but Busch was in position to
make the save, and preserve three points for the Earthquakes.
Seattle, meanwhile, has yet to win a league match this season, sitting at the
bottom of the Western Conference with just one point from three matches.
The Sports Network