Danny Hoesen scored the go-ahead goal in the second half, and Chris Wondolowski delivered the clincher and reached a career milestone as the San Jose Earthquakes snapped a seven-game winless streak with a 3-1 win over Minnesota United on Saturday afternoon at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
The Earthquakes had not won since a 3-2 win over Minnesota in the season opener. They scored two goals on penalty kicks from Magnus Eriksson and Wondolowski to help snap the skid.
Christian Ramirez scored an unassisted goal for Minnesota, which tied the score at 1-1 in the 26th minute. The game remained tied at intermission.
Hoesen gave San Jose the lead, scoring a highlight-reel goal off an assist from Wondolowski in the 69th minute. Wondolowski was battling on the backline and managed to send a ball back into the middle of the box, where Hoesen finished with a right-footed volley.
Seven minutes later, Wondolowski scored on a penalty kick to finish off the Loons. It was Wondolowski’s 136th career regular-season goal. One hundred thirty-two of his goals have come with San Jose, the most ever scored by a player for a single club. Wondolowski now needs nine goals to match the MLS all-time goals record held by Landon Donovan.
The Loons were coming off a 2-0 loss to Los Angeles FC and suffered their second home loss this season. They had opportunities and outshot San Jose 17-11, but managed to get only one ball past Earthquakes keeper Andrew Tarbell.
Tarbell finished with five saves.
Saturday’s matinee against the Earthquakes is the first of three straight home games for Minnesota. The Loons will host first-place Sporting Kansas City on May 20 and the Montreal Impact on May 26.
San Jose is facing a quick turnaround with a midweek match at Vancouver next up on Wednesday.
—Field Level Media