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MLS Game Summary - Philadelphia at San Jose



(Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010)

From The Sports Network

Final Score: San Jose 1, Philadelphia 0

Santa Clara, CA (Sports Network) - The San Jose Earthquakes picked up a valuable three points at home with a 1-0 victory over the expansion Philadelphia Union on Wednesday night in Major League Soccer action.

'Quakes striker Chris Wondolowski scored the game's only goal, his team-leading ninth, with about 20 minutes to play in regulation. Six of Wondolowski's nine goals are game winners.

The game started with the Union controlling the majority of possession. Goalkeeper Jon Busch had to come up with a number of strong saves for the home team in the opening half to ensure his team would go into the break level at zero.

Two of Busch's first-half stops were on Stefani Miglioranzi. Alejandro Moreno found the midfielder with a drop pass and he unleashed a long-range rocket in the 22nd minute that Busch was forced to knock out-of-bounds. Fifteen minutes later Busch made another big save on Miglioranzi after a blast from outside the box nearly caught him by surprise.

Philadelphia's leading scorer Sebastien Le Toux tested the San Jose 'keeper in the 40th minute, but he got a hand on an angled shot to knock it away.

The 'Quakes had a couple chances in the closing minutes of the first half when a Khari Stephenson long-range shot was bobbled by Union goalkeeper Brad Knighton - his second bobble of the game - but Wondolowski was called offside while going for the rebound.

Seconds before the break a Giovanni free-kick right at Knighton was bobbled on the short hop, but he dove on the rebound as the half ended.

San Jose brought in attackers Arturo Alvarez and Eduardo to start the second half, and it made a difference as it controlled the ball more.

The 'Quakes eventually broke through in the 69th minute when Wondolowski headed home an Alvarez cross from the right side. Wondolowski's header to the far post from the top of the six-yard box gave Knighton no chance at a save.

Busch made a couple more saves in the closing minutes to preserve the win, the most dangerous of which was in the 94th minute.

The Union were awarded a free kick on the right side, just outside the penalty area after an Alvarez foul, and Le Toux played a ball in to Shea Salinas, who fired a hard shot from the middle of the area. But the ball deflected off a defender right into the arms of Busch as the game ended.

San Jose (10-7-6) hopes to build on the solid effort at Toronto on Sept. 25, while the Union (6-12-6) host Chivas USA the same day in their next MLS fixture.

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