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