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Chris Wondolowski one away from Landon Donovan's MLS goals record

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Chris Wondolowski one away from Landon Donovan's MLS goals record

Earthquakes striker Chris Wondolowski's header against the New York Red Bulls on Saturday moved him a goal away from tying U.S. soccer legend Landon Donovan for the all-time record in MLS. 

With San Jose trailing 3-0 in the 83rd minute, New York's defense left Wondolowski unmarked on Tommy Thompson's free kick, and Wondolowski did the rest for his 144th career goal. 

But Wondolowski's goal could not spark an Earthquakes comeback, as San Jose lost its sixth straight game. The Earthquakes sealed their lowest point otal in club history with the loss. 

The 35-year-old's tally was his 10th of the season. Wondolowski has now scored at least 10 goals in nine straight seasons. 

The Chico State product has two more chances this season to match -- or surpass -- Donovan's 145 MLS goals. After the international break next weekend, Wondolowski and the Earthquakes will play the Colorado Rapids at Avaya Stadium on Oct. 21, before closing the season in Seattle on Oct. 28. 

Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp rips VAR on disputed Manchester United goal

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Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp rips VAR on disputed Manchester United goal

Liverpool FC preserved their undefeated record in Sunday's 1-1 draw against Manchester United, but manager Jurgen Klopp was none too pleased. 

Klopp ripped VAR for upholding Marcus Rashford's first-half goal, which the English forward scored by capping off a counter-attacking move that began when Man United defender Victor Lindelof appeared to foul Liverpool striker Divock Origi. 

"They were better in the game than we were [in the first half] for what they wanted to do," Klopp told Sky Sports after the match. "They defended well, but in the end, they scored a goal which shows all the problems with VAR. Because [referee Martin Atkinson], I'm sure, let the game run because that is the protocol of VAR, and the VAR says, 'Yeah, there was contact. Was a foul.' But you saw it differently, then it's [no call].

"... 100 percent, like it's 100 percent because for me it was a clear foul. We take that. We couldn't change it anymore. It's just the situation. It's just a general problem. The looks at it and says, 'Oh, you decided it like this. That's possible.' ... But it was a foul, and they didn't decide it."

Klopp expanded on his thoughts during his post-match press conference, telling reporters that he was certain VAR would overturn Rashford's opening goal. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Klopp's counterpart in Man United's dugout, threw some shade at the German's view.

Klopp threw some, too. Liverpool retained 68 percent of possession in Salah's absence but only four of their 10 shots were on target. Klopp owed that to United's defense-first approach, which he said has been the case in each of Liverpool's recent matches against their rivals -- whether under Solskjaer or predecessor Jose Mourinho. 

The approach has worked against Klopp, however. After Sunday's draw, he remains winless at Old Trafford. 

Liverpool's lead over Manchester City atop the English Premier League table fell to just six points. Considering how close the margins were between the sides last season, Rashford's upheld goal could represent a turning point in the title race. 

Watch Adam Lallana goal save draw for Liverpool FC vs. Manchester United

Watch Adam Lallana goal save draw for Liverpool FC vs. Manchester United

Liverpool FC had a last gasp after all.

The English Premier League leaders preserved their undefeated season Sunday, drawing rival Manchester United 1-1 at Old Trafford on second-half substitute Adam Lallana's 85th-minute equalizer.

Liverpool left back Andrew Robertson crossed the ball into United's box, and Lallana slipped behind the defense for a tap-in at the back post.

The Reds first appeared to equalize in the 44th minute, as Sadio Mané gathered an aerial through ball in the box, then coolly slotted a shot past United goalkeeper David de Gea. But VAR overturned the goal, ruling that Mané gained possession by playing the ball with his hand.

Liverpool pressed late for a winner, appealing for a handball in the 95th minute after Fred cleared a cross with his shoulder. United cleared away Liverpool's 96th-minute corner, preserving the draw.

Though the Reds salvaged a point, Jurgen Klopp remains winless as Liverpool manager at the Theatre of Dreams. The draw gives Manchester City an opening, too, as the sides will meet in three weeks, with Liverpool holding a six-point lead atop the Premier League table.

Assuming both hold serve over the next two games, City can cut Liverpool's lead to three points with a win at Anfield on Nov. 10.