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October 6, 2012 9:08 PM EDT
Dick's Sporting Goods Park — Denver, Colorado
Referee:‬ J. Rivero‎
Attendance:‬ 15232‎
 
90+2′ (PG) Andre Akpan
 
 
 

Colorado Rapids 1-4 San Jose Earthquakes: Wondolowski hat trick gives him 25 goals in 2012

Wondolowski's hat trick left the Rapids dazed as the Earthquakes departed Colorado with a hefty 4-1 win.

By Stephanie Gardner

Jeff Larentowicz, Colorado Rapids; Chris Wondolowski, San Jose Earthquakes; MLS
Doug Pensinger
Chris Wondolowski scored a hat trick, taking his season total up to 25 goals, to lead the San Jose Earthquakes to a 4-1 win over the Colorado Rapids.

The Earthquakes caused the Rapids to tremble within minutes of kickoff. Marvin Chavez connected with a set piece, giving San Jose the early lead after he pummeled the ball into the net.

In the 10th minute, Rafael Baca had an impressive run down the left side. The Tuxpan native crossed the ball to Chris Wondolowski, who chested in his 23rd goal this season and gave San Jose the two-goal advantage.

The second half began with Wondolowski scoring his 24th goal of the season. He shot from the top of the 18, and it deflected off Drew Moor into the back of the net.

In spite of a heavy lead, the Quakes continued to invade the Rapids defense. In the 83rd minute, Sam Cronin slipped a quick pass to Wondolowski. The 29-year old easily spun and placed the ball into the back of the net. He set the new club record for the most goals with 62. His tally of 25 this season is two off pace of Roy Lassiter's MLS record, which has stood since 1996.

In the 90th minute, Jason Hernandez received a red card for fouling Andre Akpan in the box. Akpan helped the Rapids avoid a shut-out by scoring the penalty kick. The Earthquakes walked away on top with the final scoreline reading 4-1.

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Colorado Rapids

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Matt Pickens
Goalkeeper
69′
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Hunter Freeman
Defender
32′ 46′
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3
Drew Moor
Defender
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-
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22
Marvell Wynne
Defender
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Martín Rivero
Midfielder
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20
Jeff Larentowicz
Midfielder
46′
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11
Brian Mullan
Midfielder
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20
H. Thomas
Midfielder
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7
Omar Cummings
Striker
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9
Andre Akpan
Striker
92′
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San Jose Earthquakes

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18
Jon Busch
Goalkeeper
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2
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21
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33
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4
Sam Cronin
Midfielder
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Rafael Baca
Midfielder
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81
Marvin Chávez
Midfielder
2′ 32′ 85′
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8
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24
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16

Substitutes

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Steward Ceus
Goalkeeper
69′
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2
Tyson Wahl
Defender
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Joseph Nane
Midfielder
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15
Chris Klute
Defender
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28
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13
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Substitutes

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22
Evan Newton
Goalkeeper
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24
Jed Zayner
Defender
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5
Brad Ring
Midfielder
 - 
9
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Jean Alexandre
Midfielder
88′
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17
Sam Garza
Midfielder
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6
Shea Salinas
Midfielder
67′

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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