Wondolowski hat trick leads Quakes over Chivas

San Jose even the season series vs. Goats with three from striker

Chris Wondolowski needed only 50 minutes to do an entire game’s worth of damage to Chivas USA on Wednesday.

Wondolowski, coming off the bench as San Jose coach Frank Yallop
tried to keep his team fresh for the playoffs, tallied a second-half
hat trick, keying a 3-0 victory against Chivas USA and moving into a
tie for the league scoring lead with Los Angeles’ Edson Buddle. Both players are at 17 goals with one match to play.

In the process, Wondolowski set a San Jose franchise single-season
scoring record, blowing past Ronald Cerritos’ mark of 15 goals set in
1999. He started by drawing and converting a penalty in the 55th
minute, after which he leapt over the ad boards to jump into the Buck
Shaw Stadium crowd of 9,633.

GOALS
VS
SAN JOSE   CHIVAS USA
3   0

Wondolowski
55'
Wondolowski
59'
Wondolowski
72'
Comparison
  SAN JOSE   CHIVAS USA  

SHO

19
 
10

SHO


SOG

9
 
3

SOG


SVS

3
 
6

SVS


F

11
 
11

F


OFF

3
 
3

OFF


CK

1
 
4

CK

Four minutes later, he slotted a low shot from 13 yards out past
league pool 'keeper Kevin Guppy, who was making his MLS debut in relief
of usual starter Zach Thornton.

Wondolowski finished off his second hat trick of the season in the 72nd minute, carefully tucking in Ryan Johnson’s cross at the back post with a volley from 8 yards out.

The Danville, Calif., native has now scored San Jose’s last nine
goals in a row, tying the all-time league record in that category,
currently held by the Galaxy’s Carlos Ruiz, who set that mark from
August 2002 to April 2003.

It wasn’t necessary with all the Wondolowski firepower, but San Jose
(13-9-7) set a team record with their 13th shutout of the season.

Chivas USA (8-17-4) will have to win and hope for some help Saturday to avoid finishing in the Western Conference basement.

Frank Yallop dropped plenty of hints that he would make substantial
changes to his lineup after watching his team struggle with fatigue
during their last Wednesday contest, a 3-0 loss to Chicago on Sept. 29,
and he was true to his word.

In all, Yallop benched eight regulars, including Wondolowski, Designated Player Geovanni and dangerous left winger Bobby Convey.

Chivas USA coach Martin Vasquez didn’t get as creative as Yallop,
but he did rest some key contributors, including Thornton and defender Jonathan Bornstein. Bornstein came on in the 62nd minute to replace Yamith Cuesta, who appeared to injure himself trying to stop Wondolowski’s second goal.

Guppy could do nothing about Cornell Glen’s
open header in the ninth minute, which crashed off the crossbar and
out. But Glen’s greatest contribution came in the 40th minute, when he
went down with a strained left hamstring.

That opened the door for Wondolowski to get on the pitch, and he almost scored just before the halftime whistle. Eduardo posted
up and delivered a dangerous first-touch pass in the 45th minute, but
Wondolowski’s cut his high-angle shot a little too much and it slid
past the far post.

The best, however, was yet to come. Now it’s a one-game race for the
Golden Boot. And Wondolowski won’t spend 40 minutes on the bench in
Kansas City on Saturday.

Scoring Summary:

SJ -- Chris Wondolowski 15 (penalty kick) 55
SJ -- Chris Wondolowski 16 (Eduardo 1) 59
SJ -- Chris Wondolowski 17 (Ryan Johnson 7, Brandon McDonald 2) 72

Misconduct Summary:

SJ -- Bobby Burling (caution; Reckless Tackle) 28
CHV -- Michael Umana (caution; Reckless Foul) 29

Lineups:

Chivas USA -- Kevin Guppy, Mariano Trujillo, Yamith Cuesta (Jonathan Bornstein 62), Michael Umana (Sal Zizzo 66), Ante Jazic, Michael Lahoud, Paulo Nagamura, Marcelo Saragosa (Jesus Padilla 46), Jorge Flores, Justin Braun, Rodolfo Espinoza.
Substitutes Not Used: Giancarlo Maldonado, Osael Romero, Ben Zemanski, Zach Thornton.

San Jose Earthquakes -- Jon Busch, Steven Beitashour, Bobby Burling, Brandon McDonald, Ramiro Corrales, Arturo Alvarez, Brad Ring, Scott Sealy (Geovanni 83), Ryan Johnson (Justin Morrow 77), Eduardo, Cornell Glen (Chris Wondolowski 40).
Substitutes Not Used: Bobby Convey, Chris Leitch, Khari Stephenson, Brian Edwards.

Referee: Ricardo Salazar
Referee's Assistants: Sean Hurd; Peter Balciunas
4th Official: Yader Reyes
Time of Game: 1:48
Weather: Clear and 65 degrees
Attendance: 9,633