The floppy-haired forward was the bane of the Union's existence once more in the Quakes' 2-1 win.
The Earthquakes dominated possession through much of the match, but had quite a battle before finally putting ball in the back of the net. Philadelphia’s seemingly-impenetrable defense held strong against San Jose’s Western Conference-leading attack, two crucial first-half saves from Zac MacMath keeping the Union on even terms entering the break.
In the 76thminute, a pair of simultaneous second-half San Jose substitutions combined to finally break the seal that had been on MacMath’s goal since March 24. After taking control of the ball in the box, Earthquake forward Marvin Chavez whipped in a cross that was met by the diving head of teammate Steven Lenhart and redirected past the Union keeper.
When Philadelphia’s leading scorer, Gomez, netted his third of the season to equalize, pounding a low shot into the corner of San Jose keeper Jon Busch’s net, it looked like the sellout crowd of 18,541 would see their team escape with a point.
It was not to be, however, as three minutes into stoppage time, Lenhart once again got his long blond locks on a Chavez cross, connecting from the center of the box and leading his team to victory.
Philadelphia crosses the country yet again for their next match, traveling to Seattle to play the 3-1-1 Sounders on Saturday, May 5 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
Facing a short week, the Earthquakes head south for a Wednesday night matchup against a D.C. United squad that is unbeaten in its last seven matches.Follow GOAL.COM USA on