Earthquakes Upend Galaxy 4-3
PALO ALTO (CBS/AP) — Chris Wondolowski scored his MLS-leading 14th goal to cap a wild comeback and the San Jose Earthquakes beat the Los Angeles Galaxy 4-3 Saturday.
Wondolowski broke away from his marker and deftly redirected a 61st-minute corner kick from Marin Chavez to complete San Jose’s rally from a 3-1, first-half deficit.
Steven Lenhart, Victor Bernardez and Sam Cronin also scored for the Earthquakes (11-3-3), who maintained their hold on the league’s best record with their third consecutive win.
David Beckham and Landon Donovan sandwiched scores around an own goal by San Jose defender Jason Hernandez in the space of 10 minutes to put Los Angeles (6-9-2) ahead by two goals, but the Galaxy had their three-game winning streak broken when they couldn’t hold that lead.
Cronin outraced onrushing LA goalkeeper Josh Saunders to a pass of nearly 50 yards from Steven Beitashour, touching the ball home from 15 yards in the 47th minute.
Bernardez hammered home a Chavez corner kick with a full-blooded volley in the 44th minute to bring San Jose within a goal at the half.
Lenhart opened the scoring in the seventh minute by tapping home a loose rebound spilled by Saunders, who couldn’t handle a dipping drive from Chavez.
Backup San Jose goalkeeper David Bingham, pushed into action after starter Jon Busch suffered a swollen eye in a collision with Bernardez, pushed aside a 74th-minute shot from Beckham.
Earthquakes left back Justin Morrow snuffed out a pair of chances in the 85th minute, walling off Galaxy substitute Chad Barrett to prevent him from reaching a loose ball on the doorstep, then blocking a shot by David Junior Lopes.
Donovan scored his fourth goal in the past three matches to put Los Angeles up 3-1 in the 41st minute, completing a sequence initiated by an ill-advised back pass from Hernandez.
Hernandez also put the ball in his own net in the 36th minute, trying to deflect a cross from Hector Jimenez.
Beckham delivered a scintillating free kick in the 31st minute, leaving Busch flat-footed, to make it 1-1.
The game drew 50,391 to sold-out Stanford Stadium.
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