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."