Chris Wondolowski couldn't suit up in one of the Earthquakes' biggest matches of the season, but he still could celebrate in the stands.
Wondolowski sat out Wednesday's 2-1 loss to the Philadelphia Union at Avaya Stadium after picking up a red card in last week's defeat to Atlanta United. The Quakes star promised Tuesday on Twitter to sit with the San Jose Ultras supporters group during the match, and more than made good on that promise when the Quakes took a 1-0 lead in Wednesday's first half.
MLS' all-time goal-scoring leader fit right in, ripping off his shirt after Jackson Yueill gave San Jose the lead in the 35th minute.
The Earthquakes entered Wednesday in possession of the seventh and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, but the fourth consecutive loss dropped them to eighth, one point behind FC Dallas and the Portland Timbers, with two games to play.
Getting back to the playoffs and setting an MLS record would make Wondolowski's 15th season in the league plenty memorable. But Wednesday's epic celebration is the stuff of legend.