SAN LUIS OBISPO, California
– The San Jose Earthquakes defeated the defending MLS Cup Champion Colorado Rapids 1-0 on a Chris Wondolowski penalty in the MLS Central Coast Challenge at Cal Poly’s Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
Ellis McLoughlin fed a through ball into the area to Ryan Johnsonin the 30th minute to create the penalty after Marvell Wynne took the lanky striker to ground. Wondolowski finished the ensuing shot low and to the right for his fourth goal in as many matches during the preseason.
Colorado finished the match with 13 shots, but only forced Quakes goalkeeper Jon Busch into five saves, including four in the second half to preserve the shutout.
The Earthquakes improved their record to 4-1-0 all time at Spanos Stadium, dating back to 2008. During the preseason, San Jose is 5-2-1 with four shutouts.
Opening Day for the Quakes is March 19 against Real Salt Lake at Buck Shaw Stadium. Kickoff for that match is 7 p.m. Tickets are available at SJEarthquakes.com or by calling 1-800-225-2277. For groups 10 or more, call 408-556-7700.
MLS Central Coast Challenge
San Jose Earthquakes vs. Colorado Rapids
March 4, 2011 – Alex G. Spanos Stadium
1-0 SJ – Chris Wondolowski 30 (penalty kick)
Misconduct Summary: SJ – Bobby Convey (68); COL – Pablo Mastroeni (18), Quincy Amarikwa (55), Drew Moor (90);
San Jose Earthquakes – Jon Busch, Ramiro Corrales, Ike Opara (Bobby Burling 56), Brandon McDonald, Steven Beitashour, Ellis McLoughlin (Bobby Convey 45), Rafael Baca (Khari Stephenson 60), Sam Cronin, Joey Gjertsen (Omar Jasseh 70), Chris Wondolowski, Ryan Johnson (Matt Luzunaris 76).
Statistics: Shots: 6; Shots on Goal: 2; Fouls: 13; Offsides: 3; Corners: 1.
Colorado Rapids – Matt Pickens, Kosuke Kimura, Marvell Wynne, Drew Moor, Anthony Wallace, Brian Mullan (Wells Thompson 67), Pablo Mastroeni (Joseph Nane 45), Jeff Larentowicz, Jamie Smith (Sanna Nyassi 72), Conor Casey (Andre Akpan 79), Omar Cummings (Quincy Amarikwa 45).
Statistics: Shots: 13; Shots on Goal: 5; Fouls: 7; Offsides: 3; Corners: 6.