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.
SAN JOSE -- Carlos Vela capped his first career MLS hat trick with a curling shot from distance and Los Angeles FC beat the San Jose Earthquakes 5-0 on Saturday.
Vela has six goals and three assists in five games this season.
LAFC (4-0-1) opened the scoring in the eighth minute by capitalizing on a goalkeeper mistake as Daniel Vega whiffed on a clearance attempt and Vela walked it into the back of the net in the eighth minute. Vela added a goal in first-half stoppage time by redirecting home a cross if front of the goal, and he had the goal of the match in the 66th.
Former San Jose defender Steven Beitashour got past the defense for a through ball in the 26th and poked it inside the far post for a 2-0 lead. Diego Rossi scored a relatively easy goal to cap the scoring in the 68th, and Tyler Miller kept his first clean sheet of the season against San Jose (0-4-0).
HARRISON, N.J. -- Alex Muyl scored a pair of second-half goals on Saturday and the New York Red Bulls rallied after an early deficit for a 4-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes.
Muyl tied it for the Red Bulls (1-0-1) on a close-range shot in the 51st minute and made it 2-1 with a volley off a defensive deflection in the 71st minute.
Bradley Wright-Phillips added a third goal for New York in the 85th minute and Daniel Royer capped the scoring in the 89th.
Cristian Espinoza opened the scoring in the fifth minute for San Jose (0-3-0) with his first MLS goal.
Matias Almeyda, who joined San Jose in the offseason after leading C.D. Guadalajara to a CONCACAF Champions League title in 2018, is still looking for his first point as coach of the Earthquakes.