Martinez, Wondolowski lift ‘Quakes past Dallas 2-1
Chris Wondolowski and Walter Martinez each scored and the San
Jose Earthquakes beat FC Dallas 2-1 Saturday in the season finale
for both teams.
The Earthquakes came into the game in contention for a playoff
berth, but would have needed to score 13 goals and have Colorado
lose Vancouver on Sunday.
Stephen Keel scored in the 90th minute for FC Dallas, which
already had been eliminated from playoff contention.
David Bingham made his first start of the season for the
San Jose’s victory gave the retiring Ramiro Corrales a
successful send off. The last original member of the MLS from 1996,
Corrales made his first start since Sept. 14 and had two chances to
score in the first 11 minutes.
The Earthquakes finished the season with a seven-match unbeaten
streak and a 16-game unbeaten run at home.
Dallas, which ended its home season with a victory its last time
out, went 1-5-1 over its last seven games.
Martinez came back from a missed shot in the 23th minute to give
the Earthquakes a 1-0 edge four minutes later.
Justin Morrow sent a forward pass along the left sideline, where
Martinez collected it and kicked a low shot past Dallas’ goalkeeper
Chris Seitz and into the right corner of the net.
Wondolowski received a pass from Shea Salinas just inside the
penalty box and fired a drive into the near top corner in the 57th
San Jose went 11-5-3 under interim coach Mark Watson, who
replaced Frank Yallop midway through the season. Watson remains a
leading candidate to become coach.
Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman was on the sidelines for the final
time after announcing earlier that he would retire following the
season. He spent the past six years in the MLS.
Corrales leaves as the Earthquakes’ leader in games played with
250. A brief, pregame ceremony was held for him and he received a
standing ovation when he subbed out in the 60th minute and was
carried off the field by teammates Steven Lenhart and Victory
Peter Luccin received a yellow card in the 85th minute.