Portland, OR (Sports Network) - Chris Wondolowski converted a penalty kick in
the 24th minute Saturday to tie Major League Soccer's single-season scoring
record, but he was unable to produce another goal as the San Jose Earthquakes
were held to a 1-1 draw by the Portland Timbers at Jeld-Wen Field.
Wondolowski's strike, his 27th of the season, sees him go level with Roy
Lassiter of the 1996 Tampa Bay Mutiny for most goals in a season, putting the
finishing touches on a banner regular season that saw the 29-year-old lead the
'Quakes to the MLS Supporters' Shield with 66 points on the campaign.
The opener came midway through the opening period when Steven Lenhart went
around Donovan Ricketts, but the Timbers 'keeper quickly tracked back and put
in a sliding challenge that brought down the 'Quakes striker in the box. There
was no question as to who would take the ensuing penalty kick as Wondolowski
hammered home the shot to Ricketts' right.
San Jose held the lead until the 67th minute when Jon Busch conceded a rebound
off of a shot from close range. Bright Dike was arriving to stuff home the
loose ball for his fifth goal of the season.
Portland's season comes to an end as the Timbers finish their sophomore term
in MLS with 34 points in 34 games.
San Jose advances to the postseason as the top overall seed and will take on
the winner of Thursday's play-in game between the fourth-place Los Angeles
Galaxy and the fifth-place Vancouver Whitecaps.