Oct. 27, 2012; Portland, OR, USA; San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski (8) acknowledges fans after tying the all-time MLS record for goals in a season (27 goals) against the Portland Timbers in a 1-1 tie game at Jeld-Wen Field. Mandatory Credit: Jaime Valdez-US PRESSWIRE

Wondolowski Ties Scoring Record as Quakes Earn Draw in Final Regular Season Game


It was the final regular season game for the San Jose Earthquakes, as they attempted to gain some momentum heading into the playoffs as well as help Chris Wondolowski make history.

Wondo entered the game against the Portland Timbers with 26 goals, one behind the single-season scoring record set by Roy Lassiter in the league’s inaugural season in 1996.

He would get his chance to earn a spot among the all-time greats in the 24th minute on a penalty kick, after Steven Lenhart was dragged down by Timbers’ goaltender Donovan Ricketts in the box. Wondolowski took the penalty kick and slid it by Ricketts into the left side of the net, tying the scoring record.

The remainder of the game was just a formality, as the Quakes had already clinched the Supporters’ Shield and the Timbers were well out of playoff contention. Bright Dike scored in the 67th minute on a rebound in front of the Quakes’ net to tie the game at 1-1, which would be the final score.

The Quakes are the number one seed entering the MLS Cup Playoffs, and they will play the winner of the LA Galaxy vs. Vancouver Whitecaps Knockout Round next weekend.

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