Sep 29, 2013; Carson, CA, USA; San Jose Earthquakes defender/midfielder Jordan Stewart (22), forward Chris Wondolowski (8) and midfielder Sam Cronin (4) celebrate at the end of the game against the Chivas USA at the StubHub Center. Earthquakes won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Wondolowski’s Late Goal to Beat Chivas USA Keeps Quakes’ Playoff Hopes Alive


Chris Wondolowski has scored many big goals in his career with the San Jose Earthquakes, but tonight, he may have scored his biggest.

Wondolowski’s goal in the 87th minute untied a scoreless match and propelled the Quakes over Chivas USA, 1-0 at the Stubhub Center on Sunday night, keeping their playoff hopes alive.

More impressively, the goal was scored shorthanded, as Steven Lenhart was given a red card and ejected in the 81st minute. Wondolowski scored on a rebound off a left-footed blast from Alan Gordon that was fumbled by Chivas goalkeeper Dan Kennedy.

With just three games left in the regular season, the Quakes are one point behind the Los Angeles Galaxy and Colorado Rapids for fifth place and the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Coincidentally and perhaps rightfully so, the Quakes’ next two matchups will be against those two teams. They will take on the Rapids on Oct. 9 at home and the Galaxy on Oct. 20 on the road.

Currently sitting in sixth place, this is the highest the Quakes have been in the Western Conference standings since May 11. This is also the first time they’ve won back-to-back road games this season after beginning the year 1-10-3 away from Buckshaw Stadium (h/t Geoff Lepper).

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