SAN JOSE -- The San Jose Earthquakes fell to the Philadelphia Union 2-1 at Avaya Stadium on Saturday night. Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski scored the club's lone goal, a penalty in the 64th minute, and he has now scored four goals in his last four games.
The Quakes were without three midfielders - Anibal Godoy, Marc Pelosi and Sanna Nyassi - due to international call-ups. The club, however, welcomed back Fatai Alashe and Matias Perez Garcia, who made their first start together in the center of San Jose's midfield for the first time since August 2.
In the 23rd minute, defender Marvell Wynne threw a long ball into the box to forward Quincy Amarikwa, who was able to head the ball to the back post. However, Union goalkeeper John McCarthy was in position to make the save.
The Earthquakes defense took a hit when powerful center back Victor Bernardez was pulled from the match after sustaining a strained hamstring. Midfielder JJ Koval entered the match as his replacement in the 39th minute.
Three minutes before halftime, Perez Garcia swung in a left-footed cross to the back post for Amarikwa, but he could not turn the pass into a shot on goal as it drifted just high.
In the 47th minute, defender Marvell Wynne crossed in a ball from the right side of the pitch to forward Chris Wondolowksi. Wondolowski flicked it to Amarikwa, who was able to get a foot on the ball, but his curling shot caromed off the right goal post.
In the 63rd minute, defender Shaun Francis swung in a cross from the left side of the field. The pass was just out of the reach of Perez Garcia, but bounced up and touched the hand of Union defender Fabinho. The Quakes were awarded a penalty kick, which Wondolowksi buried to give the Quakes a 1-0 lead. It marked Wondolowski's 13th goal of the season and 106th of his career. Wondolowski is now just two goals shy of tying Jason Kreis for fifth on the league's all-time scoring leaderboard.
The Union responded in the 74th minute with a goal of their own, when forward Conor Casey's header snuck into the back of the net. Casey's goal snapped a 447-minute shutout streak for San Jose that dated back to August 14. It was the longest shutout streak in Major League Soccer this season.
The Union then took the lead in the 85th minute when Casey headed a set piece past Quakes goalkeeper David Bingham.
San Jose plays their third of four consecutive matches at Avaya Stadium on Saturday, September 12 against the Seattle Sounders FC, presented by Wells Fargo. The match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. PT and will be broadcast live on CSN Plus, 1590 KLIV and 1370 KZSF.
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