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Wondowlowski lifts Earthquakes past Sounders, 2-1

Associated Press Modified: September 23, 2012 at 1:18 am •  Published: September 23, 2012
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SEATTLE (AP) — A prolific scorer, Chris Wondolowski takes more pride in goals that are game-winners.

Wondolowski got his MLS-leading 22nd goal, and his league-record 10th game-winner, to lead the San Jose Earthquakes to a 2-1 victory against the Seattle Sounders on Saturday night.

The tiebreaking score came in the 30th minute as Wondolowski converted a corner kick that was settled by Victor Bernardez, who passed it into the 6-yard box for Wondolowski's easy tap-in past goalkeeper Michael Gspurning.

The game-winner broke the league record that Wondolowski shared with Carolos Ruiz of Los Angeles. Wondolowski previously had nine in 2010, matching the mark Ruiz set in 2002.

"I appreciate a lot of their assists — they put it on platters for me," Wondolowski said. "A lot of them are team goals, but I take pride in scoring goals that are game-winners, because those mean a lot."

No other player in the league has more than 14 goals.

Steve Zakuani tied the score for the Sounders (13-7-9) in the 14th minute with his first goal since returning to action in early July after a year-long recovery from a broken leg.

Simon Dawkins scored his eighth goal of the season in the 2nd minute for the Earthquakes (18-6-6), who won all three matchups against Seattle this season, including two on the road.

Wondolowski had hit a lull, with just one goal in seven games through August and early September. Earthquakes coach Frank Yallop gave him a rest, and now, Wondolowski has a goal in three straight games.

"He's at 22 now, and I expect more goals from him," Yallop said.

So does Wondolowski.

"Hopefully, it was just one of those things — I kept working hard, and sometimes goals come, and sometimes they don't," he said. "I was pressing a little too hard."

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