Wondolowski ties MLS scoring record

mls: Forward for Earthquakes gets 27th goal on penalty kick in 1-1 draw with Portland

The Associated PressOctober 28, 2012 

Chris Wondolowski tied the MLS single-season record with his 27th goal and the San Jose Earthquakes wrapped up the regular season with a 1-1 road draw against the Portland Timbers on Saturday in Portland.

Wondolowski scored in the 24th minute, matching the record set by Roy Lassiter of Tampa Bay in 1996. The 29-year-old forward booted a penalty kick into the lower left corner of the net after Portland goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts was whistled for taking out Steven Lenhart in a race to secure the ball.

San Jose (19-6-9) has already secured its second Supporters’ Shield and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Earthquakes went undefeated in their last 10 matches and lead the league with 72 goals. They will face the winner of Thursday’s match between the Los Angeles Galaxy and Vancouver Whitecaps in the first round.

The Timbers (8-16-10) appeared to be going down to defeat in a cold, steady drizzle until Bright Dike scored his fifth goal in the 67th minute.

Dike’s goal came as he followed his own errant shot, which had been deflected by San Jose keeper Jon Busch.

At Real Salt Lake 0, Whitecaps 0: Real Salt Lake played to a scoreless draw with Vancouver and made a little bit of history along the way in the regular-season finale.

RSL (17-11-6) became the second MLS team to not allow a goal in the first 15 minutes of any regular-season match when it held Vancouver (11-13-10) scoreless before halftime. Houston first accomplished the feat in 2009. Both teams qualified for the playoffs.

At Fire 1, D.C. United 1: Lionard Pajoy scored in the 50th minute, and Bill Hamid made eight saves to help D.C. United rally for a tie and earn second place in the Eastern Conference.

United (17-10-7) went 5-0-2 in its last seven matches to finish with 58 points, one more than New York and Chicago (17-11-6). New York finished third, ahead of fourth-place Chicago, on a tiebreaker.

With New York beating Philadelphia earlier in the day, the Fire needed to beat D.C. to avoid playing in the first-round one-game elimination round.

Instead, Chicago will host fifth-place Houston in that game.

Red Bulls 3, at Union 0: Kenny Cooper scored twice, and Thierry Henry added a goal for New York.

The Red Bulls (16-9-9) reached the playoffs for the third straight year, and the ninth time in 10 seasons. New York won all three matches this season against the Union (10-18-6), which lost its final three games and will miss the postseason.

Revolution 1, Impact 0: New England’s A.J. Soares was inside the box to head Chris Tierney’s free kick past the reach of goalkeeper Troy Perkins for an unsatisfying end to a game the Impact (12-16-6) mostly dominated.

The Revolution (9-17-8) ended a 13-game winless run in road matches .

At Rapids 2, Dynamo 0: Kamani Hill and Andre Akpan scored to help Colorado beat playoff-bound Houston.

Colorado (11-19-4) finished one of the worst campaigns in franchise history with only its second two-game winning streak of the season. The Rapids were 3-5-3 in their final 11 games.

Houston (14-9-11) had already rapped up fifth place in the Eastern Conference and its sixth playoff appearance in seven years. The Dynamo will play Chicago in the wild-card game Wednesday in Chicago.

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