Despite going down to 10 men late, last year's MVP stepped up with a huge goal to seal an away win.Chris Wondolowski's goal with only minutes to play sealed a 1-0 win for the San Jose Earthquakes at Chivas USA.
Both teams traded chances in what was a mostly-listless affair. Just after the half, Steven Lenhart's disallowed goal off a corner was the closest either side came to an opener. Upon replay, it appeared to be a harsh decision against the away side.
San Jose went down to 10 men with 10 minutes to play, when Lenhart crashed into Chivas goalkeeper Dan Kennedy after the whistle had gone for a second yellow card. He had earned his first yellow in the first half for an elbow that sent Steve Purdy to the hospital.
Despite going down a man, San Jose got the winner with just minutes to play. Alan Gordon fired a shot from distance that Kennedy could only spill right in front of him, and Wondolowski stole in to poke home the rebound for the game winner.
With the win, San Jose moves to within three points of Colorado for the Western Conference's final playoff spot, with one more game played.