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Chris Wondolowski scored for the third consecutive match

Chris Wondolowski signing authographs to Earthquakes fans after scoring game winning goal against Rapids. PHOTO by CHRIS REIKO

Chris Wondolowski signing authographs to Earthquakes fans after scoring game winning goal against Rapids. PHOTO by CHRIS REIKO

San Jose Earthquakes – Colorado Rapids 1-0

The San Jose Earthquakes knocked off the Colorado Rapids 1-0 on Saturday night at Buck Shaw Stadium to improve to 3-2-0 on the season. Chris Wondolowski scored for the third consecutive match to give San Jose the victory. Wondolowski was played through by Johnson after Ramiro Corrales found Johnson from the back. The Danville native then put it in the back of the net from just inside the area on the half-volley catching the crossbar on the way. For a full recap, go to www.sjearthquakes.com

San Jose Earthquakes (3-2-0) vs. Colorado Rapids (3-2-1)

May 1, 2010 – Buck Shaw Stadium

Attendance: 8,674

Scoring Summary: SJ – Chris Wondolowski (Ryan Johnson, Ramiro Corrales) 33.

Misconduct Summary: SJ – Chris Leitch (caution) 87; SJ – Bobby Convey (caution) 93+; COL – Wells Thompson (caution) 94+.

San Jose Earthquakes – Joe Cannon, Ramiro Corrales (Justin Morrow 84), Jason Hernandez, Bobby Burling, Chris Leitch, Bobby Convey, Brandon McDonald, Andre Luiz (Brad Ring 59), Joey Gjertsen, Ryan Johnson (Eduardo 59), Chris Wondolowski.

Statistics: Shots: 8; Shots on Goal: 5; Fouls: 13; Offsides: 1; Corners: 3.

Colorado – Matt Pickens, Danny Earls (Julien Baudet 61), Drew Moor, Marvell Wynne, Kosuke Kimura, Wells Thompson, Pablo Mastroeni, Jeff Larentowicz (Claudio Lopez 77), Mehdi Ballouchy, Conor Casey, Omar Cummings (Quincy Amarikwa 70).

Statistics: Shots: 12; Shots on Goal: 2; Fouls: 8; Offsides: 4; Corners: 4.



On the game:

“It was a fantastic result. We didn’t play particularly well, but it was a great three points. We’ve had a few days where we did play well and lost so to win today was very rewarding for us as a team. We saw good defending, good shape, and good team play which helped to keep their chances down despite them having good ball possession. We’re starting to play well next to each other and trust each other, which is important. We didn’t miss a beat by having players out of the lineup, so I felt tonight was a good indication of our depth and our squad.”

On Chris Wondolowski’s development this year:

“Wondo’s a good player, that’s the reason he’s here and I’m very happy for him. He’s the unsung hero who doesn’t get much press, doesn’t say much, just works really hard. It’s nice for a player like him to get the headline, and he deserves it. Those have been three terrific goals he’s scored, and again I’m really happy for him.”


On his third goal in three games:

“It means a lot. But the biggest thing is to have two wins in the three matches, that’s the big one for me. So hopefully we can keep building on those (wins). It wasn’t the best game that we played all year, but it was a workman-like game. To be honest, it was one of the proudest wins I have had.”

On lack of scoring chances for Colorado:

“We kind of sorted it out. We had a good shape and they weren’t able to penetrate us. They were able to keep a fair amount of possession all around us, but our back four and our midfield played a heck of a game.”


On his second consecutive home shutout:

“The significance is the guys worked their tails off. From the top to the back, they didn’t see too many good looks at the goal. It was a total team effort; it was good to see”.

On the team’s difference from this year to last:

“I think we are more mature; we had to go through some growing pains. Colorado was coming in here counting on gaining a point. We have gotten up on them the last two years and they’ve come out of here with a point. Tonight we showed good resilience and were in good shape all night. We were very disciplined and we didn’t give them much and I think that is the maturity of this team, that’s the difference”.

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