Santa Clara, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Chris Wondolowski's second-half strike
was enough to lift the San Jose Earthquakes to a pivotal 1-0 victory over the
Colorado Rapids on Wednesday at Buck Shaw Stadium.
San Jose needed a three-point effort on home soil to keep their playoff dreams
alive, but failed to generate many offensive chances through the majority of
the first half.
The 'Quakes best offensive opportunity came late in the period when Wondolowski
got a glancing header toward goal, but it grazed the crossbar on its way over
Colorado's best chance of the night came in the 59th minute when Edson Buddle
got his head to a well-struck cross from Chris Klute, but it narrowly missed
the far post.
San Jose then began to push numbers forward knowing they need the decisive goal
and created a pair of glorious chances in close, but Rapids defender Drew Moor
made a pair of spectacular goal-line clearances to keep things level.
The 'Quakes finally got the winner in the 69th minute when Shea Salinas served
a perfect ball into the area and Wondolowski easily nodded it past Colorado
goalkeeper Clint Irwin.
The result moves the 'Quakes to within one point of the final playoff spot in
the Western Conference with two games remaining, while Colorado stays in fifth
place on 48 points.
The Sports Network