Earthquakes-Chivas USA Preview
San Jose’s Chris Wondolowski has a knack for scoring goals
against Chivas USA.
It just hasn’t always helped his team win.
The reigning MLS Golden Boot winner looks to score in his fourth
straight game against Chivas USA and lead the Earthquakes to a rare
road victory in this series Wednesday night.
Wondolowski, San Jose’s leading scorer with six goals, returned
to MLS action Saturday against New York after missing the previous
four league games while playing for the U.S. national team.
Wondolowski played the entire game, but he failed to score on
either of his two shots as the Earthquakes (5-5-6) played to a
“I was happy with his play,” coach Frank Yallop told the team’s
Steven Lenhart, who had stepped up in Wondolowski’s absence, put
San Jose ahead 2-1 in the 68th minute with his fifth goal in as
many games. The Earthquakes, though, gave up the equalizer in the
85th minute and are now 0-1-2 since winning four of five.
Wondolowski has tallied five goals in scoring in each of his
last three games against Chivas, including his second career hat
trick in a 3-0 victory Oct. 20. That has been San Jose’s lone win,
however, in the teams’ last eight meetings (1-5-2).
San Jose, 1-3-2 in its last six matches away from home, is 0-2-2
against Chivas at The Home Depot Center since recording its lone
road win in the series – 2-1 on Sept. 17, 2005.
The score was the same between these teams in San Jose on April
23, when Wondolowski opened the scoring in the 16th minute before
Alejandro Moreno tied the game late in the first half and Chivas’
Mariano Trujillo netted the winner in the 85th minute.
While Chivas (4-7-6) has regularly defeated the Earthquakes over
the last few seasons, it hasn’t been enjoying much success
Chivas, which tied Chicago 1-all on Saturday, is 0-3-1 since
defeating Portland 1-0 on June 4 for its lone victory in eight
“As a group, we’re still putting it all together,” goalkeeper
Dan Kennedy said. “We’re working to get where we need to be for 90
minutes and we’re so close, I really feel like we are. It’ll happen
for us. It’s about building and it’s about moving forward and it’s
about getting better each game.”
Kennedy showed some improvement against the Fire, stopping four
of five shots after yielding seven goals during a three-game losing
Midfielder Nick LaBrocca scored his third goal in seven games.
His four goals on the season are tied for the team lead with Justin
Braun, who has four scores in seven career games against San