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April 7, 2012 7:00 PM EDT
Buck Shaw Stadium — Santa Clara, California
Referee:‬ Ramón Hernández‎
Attendance:‬ 10525‎
 

San Jose Earthquakes 1-3 Vancouver Whitecaps: Chris Wondolowski leads come-from-behind win

Vancouver set a season-starting shutout streak record in MLS, but San Jose still had time to turn the game around.

By Zac Lee Rigg

Chris Wondolowski, San Jose Earthquakes, MLS (Getty Images)
Chris Wondolowski hit a double and Alan Gordon notched the game-winner for the San Jose Earthquakes in a come-from-behind victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Jon Busch pulled off five stops, showing again why San Jose kept him instead of current Whitecap goalkeeper Joe Cannon. Vancouver out-shot San Jose 16 to 11.

In the first half, John Thorrington tried a delicate lob when the ball spilled to him in the box. His shot bounced back off the crossbeam.

The Whitecaps broke through shortly after. Jordan Harvey took a quick throw. Eric Hassli passed the ball back to Le Toux, who placed the ball into the corner of the net with one crisp touch.

Leading until the 68th minute, Vancouver set a record for shutout minutes to begin a season at 427. Then, naturally, it conceded three in 11 minutes.

First, off another throw, Wondolowski held off Jay DeMerit and cheekily chipped the lunging Cannon at the near post.

"The thing I like about the spirit today is that we did not give up at any point. For a moment it seemed like we were out of gas, but then Wondo has a great finish and it lifted the whole team," said coach Frank Yallop. "As soon as we scored we were on the front foot and creating a lot of chances. We think we’re not fit enough, and then all of a sudden we’re running crazy at the end of the game."

Then Ramiro Corrales bent in a cross from the left flank and a diving Alan Gordon padded the ball inside the far post with his head.

Gordon was briefly a Whitecap when Vancouver selected him in the 2011 Expansion Draft before trading him on.

Wondolowski finished off the match when he connected with a Tressor Moreno free kick to give the 'Quakes a first win after going 1-0 down at home since 2005.

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San Jose Earthquakes

18
Jon Busch
Goalkeeper
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-
Ramiro Corrales
Defender
92′
 - 
2
Justin Morrow
Defender
 - 
5
V. Bernárdez
Defender
 - 
33
 - 
4
Sam Cronin
Midfielder
69′
 - 
-
Rafael Baca
Midfielder
 - 
81
Marvin Chávez
Midfielder
38′
 - 
6
Shea Salinas
Midfielder
 - 
8
 - 
-
Simon Dawkins
Striker
52′
 - 

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

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Joe Cannon
Goalkeeper
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2
 - 
6
Jay DeMerit
Defender
 - 
12
 - 
15
 - 
11
 - 
-
 - 
-
Jun Davidson
Midfielder
11′ 76′
 - 
28
Gershon Koffie
Midfielder
 - 
11
 - 
29

Substitutes

1
David Bingham
Goalkeeper
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21
 - 
3
Ike Opara
Defender
 - 
5
Brad Ring
Midfielder
 - 
9
 - 
-
T. Moreno
Striker
38′
 - 
24
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
18
Brad Knighton
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
 - 
-
 - 
29
Matthew Watson
Midfielder
80′
 - 
17
 - 
23
Long Tan
Striker

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Striker
Seattle Sounders
6 1
E. Torres E. Torres
Striker
Chivas USA
5 2
V. Sánchez V. Sánchez
Striker
Colorado
4 3
Federico Higuaín Federico Higuaín
Striker
Columbus Crew
4 2
Kenny Miller Kenny Miller
Striker
Rangers
3 2