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Wondolowski lifts Earthquakes to tie with Sounders

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 21, 2014 at 3:16 am •  Published: August 21, 2014
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SEATTLE (AP) — Just four days after the worst loss in franchise history, the San Jose Earthquakes were just looking to get back on the field.

Chris Wondolowski tapped in a point-blank shot midway through the 66th minute on Wednesday night as the San Jose Earthquakes pulled out a 1-1 draw against the Seattle Sounders.

The Earthquakes (6-9-7) were coming off a 5-0 loss at home last Saturday to FC Dallas.

"To be quite frank, it was very embarrassing," said Wondolowski, who scored his team-leading ninth goal of the season and seventh all-time against the Sounders. "Any time you lose at home like that, you have a bit of a chip on your shoulder. So it was one of those things where we were grateful that we didn't have all week to dwell on it. We had a game to try to right the ship.

"This is a very tough place to get a point — we'll take it."

Even with the draw, the Sounders (13-7-3) climbed back into a tie for both the Western Conference and overall top spot in MLS. Seattle, West co-leader Real Salt Lake and East leader Sporting Kansas City all have 42 points.

That wasn't much consolation to forward Chad Barrett, whose goal 36 seconds into the second half was the 50th score of his career and put the Sounders up 1-0. He caught up with a long through ball from Obafemi Martins, got behind three defenders, and drilled a shot from the top left side of the penalty area into the far corner for his sixth of the year.

"It was great to get the 50th, but that's something you think about at the end of the career," Barrett said. "Right now, three points is really all you want. You know San Jose treats it like a win, so we have to treat it like a loss. . Once we got the lead, I thought we were going to carry it out for the three points."

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