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Chivas USA
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San Jose Earthquakes
SJ
Sunday, September 29, 201311:00 PM
StubHub CenterMLS Regular SeasonClearUniMasAttendance: 7751

Match Summary

GOALS AND ASSISTS

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TimeClubPlayerAssisted By
 87'SJChris Wondolowski 
DISCIPLINARY

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TimeClubPlayerReason
 81'SJ Steven LenhartOff the ball foul
 69'CHV Dan KennedyDissent
 56'CHV Edgar MejíaNot visible
 39'SJ Steven LenhartFoul
 31'CHV Oswaldo MindaFoul
SUBSTITUTIONS

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 89'SJ
Walter Martinez (F)
Cordell Cato (M)
 75'SJ
Alan Gordon (F)
Rafael Baca (M)
 70'CHV
Tristan Bowen (F)
Carlos Alvarez (M)
 70'SJ
Marvin Chavez (M)
Shea Salinas (M)
 52'CHV
Matthew Fondy (F)
Eric Avila (M)
 40'CHV
Jaime Frias (D)
Steve Purdy (D)

Starting Formations

1Kennedy3de Luna2Burling25Purdy5Borja30Oswaldo Minda8Mejía15Avila20Alvarez14de la Fuente10TorresM7281369172618Busch33Beitashour5Bernardez21Hernandez22Stewart7Cato4Cronin30Baca6Salinas8Wondolowski16LenhartM324108115114RAA4

Lineups

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Chivas USA
1GDan Kennedy
3DMario de Luna
2DBobby Burling
25DSteve Purdy
5DCarlos Borja
30MOswaldo Minda
8MEdgar Mejía
15MEric Avila
20MCarlos Alvarez
14MBryan de la Fuente
10FErick Torres
San Jose Earthquakes
18GJon Busch
33DSteven Beitashour
5DVictor Bernardez
21DJason Hernandez
22DJordan Stewart
7MCordell Cato
4MSam Cronin
30MRafael Baca
6MShea Salinas
8FChris Wondolowski
16FSteven Lenhart
Bench
7Tristan Bowen
28Tim Melia
13Josue Soto
6José Manuel Rivera
9Julio Morales
17Jaime Frias
26Matthew Fondy
 
3Dan Gargan
24Alan Gordon
10Walter Martinez
81Marvin Chavez
15Justin Morrow
1David Bingham
14Adam Jahn
Managers
  José Luis Real
 
  Mark Watson
OFFICIALS

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RefereeJose Carlos Rivero  
Assistant RefereeFrank Anderson  
Assistant RefereeEric Proctor  
Fourth OfficialJesus Cisneros  
Sunday, September 29, 2013
11:00 PM
StubHub Center
UniMas

CARSON, Calif. -- Chris Wondolowski cashed in a rare error by Dan Kennedy to help the San Jose Earthquakes escape with a thrilling 1-0 victory against pesky Chivas USA on Sunday night at the StubHub Center.

San Jose kept their postseason hopes alive thanks to an opportunistic Wondolowski, who scored in the 87th minute after Kennedy coughed up a seemingly harmless shot by Alan Gordon. The dramatic finish came with the Earthquakes down a man after Steven Lenhart received his second yellow card in the 81st minute following a collision with Kennedy in front of goal.

San Jose (12-11-8), coming off a crucial road victory at Real Salt Lake, managed to secure three more important points in their push for the postseason. They have earned at least one point in nine of their last 11 games.

It appeared that a disallowed goal early in the second half would doom the visitors, but Wondolowski saved the pivotal result. Lenhart found the back of the next two minutes into the second half on a corner kick opportunity, but the go-ahead goal was waved off when head referee Jose Carlos Rivera ruled that Cordell Cato pushed Carlos Borja.

Lenhart was later ejected, but Chivas USA (6-17-8), the only Western Conference team eliminated from playoff contention, were not able to capitalize on the man advantage.

Bryan de la Fuente had the best look of the night for the Rojiblancos in the 86th minute, but his left-footed shot sailed wide. Tristan Bowen also came close to giving the Goats the lead just moments before Lenhart’s ejection, but his long-range missile went over the crossbar.

San Jose earned only their third road victory of the year, though it didn't look like it would turn out that way through large portions of the second half, thanks to some fine work from Kennedy.

The 31-year-old 'keeper did very well to tip over a Cato chance in the 63rd minute, followed that up by denying Wondolowski one-on-one two minutes later and tipped over a Shea Salinas  cross in the 68th, but was unable to record his fourth shutout of the season.

The first half was far less eventful, with both sides combining for only three attempts on goal and no shots on target. The visitors had five corner kicks and two free kicks, but Kennedy was never tested.

Chivas USA, already without centerback Carlos Bocanegra (left soleus strain), lost his fill-in Steve Purdy late in the first half following a mid-air collision with Lenhart that saw the Quakes striker pick up his first caution of the game. The injury allowed 20-year-old Jaime Frias to make his MLS debut.

Up next for Earthquakes is an Oct. 9 matchup against fellow playoff contender Colorado in San Jose. Chivas USA will stay in town, but play as the designated road team against the LA Galaxy on Oct. 6.

MLSsoccer.com Men of the Match

Rank Player What We Saw
1 Cordell Cato The Quakes' most persistent threat, ending the night with four shots, including one that was spectacularly saved by Kennedy
2 Sam Cronin A workhorse in central midfield, cleaning up everything that came his way while also chipping in on the attacking side of things with a couple key passes
3 Dan Kennedy Will take the blame for the goal, but if not for his top-notch saves earlier in the contest, the game would've well and truly been lost long before