Galaxy 2, Earthquakes 2

Chris Wondolowski scored his MLS-leading 26th goal and the San

Jose Earthquakes came back twice in the second half for a 2-2 tie

with the Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunday.

Wondolowski’s goal, a diving header in the 73rd minute off

Marvin Chavez’s corner kick, put him one behind Roy Lassiter’s

season MLS scoring mark with one game left.

The Earthquakes (19-6-8), who clinched the Supporters’ Shield

when Sporting Kansas City tied New York on Saturday, finish their

regular season Saturday in Portland.

Wondolowski moved into a tie for second place on the league’s

goal list. Stern John had 26 goals for Columbus in 1998, and

Mamadou Diallo accomplished the feat for Tampa Bay in 2000.

Robbie Keane scored his 12th goal in 15 games, and Edson Buddle,

making his first start since May 26, nodded in his third of the

season to stake the Galaxy to a pair of second-half leads.

But Marvin Chavez curled home a beautiful free kick, and

Wondolowski finally broke through after hitting the post twice in

successive minutes earlier in the second half.

San Jose extended its unbeaten streak at Buck Shaw Stadium to 18

matches, moving to 11-0-7 since Aug. 13, 2011. The Earthquakes are

unbeaten in eight matches overall.

The Galaxy (15-12-6) are virtually assured of finishing fourth

in the Western Conference, and thus having to play an extra

postseason match.

Los Angeles outshot San Jose 11-2 in the first half, carving up

San Jose’s defense with threaded through balls. Christian

Wilhelmsson’s ninth-minute toe-poke beat goalkeeper Jon Busch but

rolled just wide. Busch charged off his line to make saves against

Buddle in the 22nd minute and Keane in the 27th.

Wondolowski hit the post with a left-footed shot from 22 yards

in the 49th minute, then banged an open back-post header from a

corner kick off the woodwork the following minute.

San Jose had three chances but couldn’t score in a wild

51st-minute goalmouth scramble.

The Galaxy grabbed back the momentum in the 59th with a play

started and finished by Keane. The Irish international sprung

Buddle loose on the left wing, and the return cross bounced off two

Earthquakes defenders and dropped down for Keane to jam home at the

edge of the 6-yard box.

San Jose responded in the 61st minute with a beautiful 25-yard

free kick from Chavez, who bent his effort over the wall and tucked

it just inside the near post.

Buddle outjumped Victor Bernardez in the 69th minute to knock

home a relatively simple header off Sean Franklin’s deep right-wing


But the Quakes tied things up with another set-piece strike in

the 73rd minute. Chavez delivered a corner into a seething Galaxy

box, where Wondolowski conjured up a diving header for his eighth

goal in six games.