No MLS player has scored more goals against Seattle Sounders FC than San Jose’s Chris Wondolowski.
On Saturday, Wondolowski’s eighth and ninth career goals against Seattle brought the Earthquakes from behind and sent them on their way to a 3-2 win over the Sounders before a crowd of 39,175 at CenturyLink Field.
The Sounders opened the game with the quickest goal in club history: the 18th second. After the first kick, the play unfolded down the left side, where Lamar Neagle cut the ball back across to left back Tyrone Mears. Mears fired on goal, but San Jose goalkeeper David Bingham blocked it. However, the rebound went to Clint Dempsey, who headed it back in.
In the 13th minute, Wondolowski took a pass from Marvell Wynne in the middle of the penalty area and sending it into the net.
In the 48th minute, converted Sounders center back Brad Evans misplayed a ball in the area and Wondolowski took advantage, putting the Earthquakes (1-1) ahead.
Seattle seemed to get new boost four minutes later, when San Jose defender Victor Bernardez was shown a straight red card for kicking Micheal Azira. And for a time, the Sounders seemed on the verge of taking advantage as they unleashed a barrage of shots around the 60th minute.
However, none of them made it past Bingham. And in the 70th minute Innocent Emeghara faked Evans off his feet and finished past goalkeeper Stefan Frei.
That became the winning goal after Obafemi Martins’ tapped in a pass from Andy Rose from close range. That pulled the Sounders to within one, but the equalizer never game.
A couple of hours before the match, the club announced that coach Sigi Schmid would be absent due to the wedding of his son, and that first assistant Brian Schmetzer would handle the coaching duties.
The Sounders (1-1) get an early bye next weekend. They will return to action March 24 with a friendly against Club Tijuana at CenturyLink Field. Seattle returns to league play March 28 at FC Dallas.
84' GOAL SOunders. Oba this time. Quakes lead down to 3-2.
70' Emeghara jukes clear of Evans and finishes, giving shorthanded Quakes a 3-1 lead.
67' Andy Rose on, Azira off.
60' Sounders have had Quakes absolutely under siege for a couple of minutes, but can't get anything past Bingham yet.
52' Red card to San Jose's Bernardez for kicking Azira. Sounders a man up now, while a goal down.
48: GOAL Quakes. Brad Evans misplays a ball in the box and Wondolowski takes it and makes Sounders pay. San Jose 2-1.
Second half: ... has begun. No changes.
Shots 7-2 SJ; on target 2-1 SEA: corners 2-1 SEA; duels won 52.3% SJ; pass accuracy 76.3-72.7 SEA; possession 52.7 SEA.
13' GOAL Quakes. Sounders were living dangerously since taking lead. Wondo equalizes from in front of goal. 1-1.
About the 18th second -- yes second -- GOAL Sounders. Repeated chances, finally headed in by Dempsey. Seattle, 1-0 Quickest goal in club history, we're told.
First kick: ... has been struck. We're under way. Sounders in rave/blue; Quakes in their new white/white.
Lineups: For Seattle: Sounders: Frei; Mears, Evans, Marshall, Gonzalez; Pappa, Azira, Pineda, Neagle; Dempsey, Martins. Sounders reserves: Perkins, Barrett, Kovar, Remick, Roldan, Rose, Scott.
For San Jose: Bingham, Wynne, Renato, Bernardez, Francis, Emeghara, Alashe, Koval, Perez Garcia, Nyassi, Wondolowski. Reserves: Harden, Salinas, Cato, Jahn, Thompson, Barrera, Meredith.
Pregame: It's sort of gray and cloudy, but no rain at CenturyLink Field about two hours before the 7:08 p.m. first kick vs. San Jose.
The game will be shown on Channel 13 and usual radio outlets. We'll blog before, during and after the match, with additional updates and comments on Twitter @donruiztnt.
The news of the day so far is the absence of Seattle coach Sigi Schmid while attending the wedding of a son. First assistant Brian Schmetzer will coach the Sounders today. He has filled in for Schmid twice previously, going 2-0.