HARRISON, N.J. – Chris Wondolowski scored in the 81st minute, helping the San Jose Earthquakes to a 3-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls and Thierry Henry on Thursday night and a 3-2 aggregate win in the MLS Eastern Conference semifinal series.
Bobby Convey scored twice, connecting in the sixth and 77th minutes, to help San Jose rebound from a 1-0 first-leg loss in California on Saturday night. Juan Pablo Angel, in likely his last game for the Red Bulls, scored in the 78th minute.
New York, with Henry, Rafael Marquez and Angel, became perhaps the most expensive failure in MLS history.
The Earthquakes will face the Columbus-Colorado winner in the conference final.
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“Obviously, we need a couple of balls to bounce our way,” Wondolowski said. “But I’m liking our chances.”
On the series winner, Convey floated in a long pass toward the goal corner, Wondolowki broke in and headed the ball into the short side past goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul.
“Bobby and I read each other real well,” Wondolowski said. “I started shifting inside and Bobby lifted his head and saw me. I saw Bouna was coming out, so I just put it on the frame.”
With the midsummer additions of Henry, the former French national team star, and his $5.6 million salary and Marquez, the Mexican national team captain, at $5.54 million the Red Bulls were hoping for more than a mere playoff appearance.
“Everyone wanted New York to win this,” Convey said. “We came in under the radar. But we’re hard to beat.”
Los Angeles 1, Seattle 0
Oct. 31: Los Angeles 1, Seattle 0
Sunday: at Los Angeles, 6 p.m.
FC Dallas 1, Real Salt Lake 0
Oct. 30: FC Dallas 2, Real Salt Lake 1
Saturday: at Real Salt Lake, 7 p.m.
TBA: Real Salt Lake-FC Dallas winner vs. Los Angeles-Seattle winner
San Jose 1, New York 1, San Jose advanced on 3-2 aggregate
Oct. 30: New York 1, San Jose 0
Thursday: San Jose 3, New York 1
Colorado 1, Columbus 0
Oct. 28: Colorado 1, Columbus 0
Saturday: at Columbus, 1 p.m.
TBA: New York-San Jose winner vs. Columbus-Colorado winner
Sunday, Nov. 21: Conference Champions at Toronto, 5:30 p.m.
Earthquakes 3, Red Bulls 1
First half—1, San Jose, Convey 2 (Sealy, Johnson), 6th minute.
Second half—2, San Jose, Convey 3 (Alvarez), 77th. 3, New York, Angel 14 (Agudelo), 78th. 4, San Jose, Wondolowski 19 (Convey), 81st.
Goalies—San Jose, Jon Busch; New York, Bouna Coundoul.
Yellow Cards—Corrales, San Jose, 32nd; Busch, San Jose, 81st.