Wondolowski scores again as San Jose Earthquakes tie D.C. United
Jun 2, 2019
June 1, 2019 at 7:47 pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a tight, tense MLS game, the San Jose Earthquakes traveled across the country to tie D.C. United 1-1 on Saturday night. A first-half goal from Chris Wondolowski for San Jose and a second half D.C. tally from Luciano Acosta accounted for the two goals. Wondolowski gave San Jose a 1-0 lead in the 37th minute with his seventh goal in the past three games, knocking home a head shot off a cross from Nick Lima. Wondolowski snuck in behind D.C. defender Jalen Robinson. The goal gave the all-time leading MLS goal scorer 151 for his career. His seven goals in the past three games are all the team’s goals in those games. San Jose (5-6-3, 18 points) kept its resurgence alive after starting the season 0-4, while D.C. (7-4-6, 27 points) has gone without a win in its past five games. Under first-year coach Matias Almeyda, the Quakes have lost only once in their past seven matches. After a first half where San Jose easily had the run of play and a 1-0 lead, D.C. flipped a switch and took it to the Earthquakes in the second half. In a span of two minutes early in the second half, San Jose goalie Daniel Vega made three big saves to keep the lead. In the 55th minute, Vega was up to the task on a pair of shots from Acosta and Leonardo Jara, making a pair of diving deflections. A few minutes later, Vega made a sensational save off a Junior Moreno volley from 18 yards out. But as good as Vega was for that sequence, it was a mistake 10 minutes later that allowed D.C., the top team in the Eastern Conference, to tie it. Jara launched one from 30 yards out. Vega went down to make the save, but instead of keeping it under control, he knocked it away, allowing Acosta to charge in, get the rebound and tie it 1-1. It was fitting that the Earthquakes led at the break as the team fully dominated the first half, outshooting D.C. 17-3 in the first 45 minutes, including a 6-0 edge for shots on target.