The game in 100 words (or less): Anybody can beat anybody in MLS. That’s not just a cliche saying that coaches use to motivate their players. It’s an always-applicable statement, and you better not forget it. Dominic Kinnear’s San Jose Earthquakes are already one of the most organized, disciplined teams in MLS. They’re also a juggernaut of an opportunist. Those qualities were key in shocking the (MLS) world and beating the Seattle Sounders on Saturday night.
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Three moments that mattered
1′ — Dempsey scores in 18 seconds — If you thought Clint Dempsey’s 30-second goal against Ghana during last summer’s World Cup was fast, then his opening goal on Saturday night (below video) showed you, if you were already tuned in, that is.
13′ — Wondo’s still got it, pull ‘Quakes level — While we’re on the subject of the 2014 World C…OK, never mind, we won’t talk about that play. Chris Wondolowski still a really good MLS goalscorer. The first touch to settle was really nice, then Tyrone Mears gives him too much space to set up the shot, and by that point it’s all over.
48′ — Evans errs in back-pass, Wondo pounces — Like I said, give that Wondo guy an undeserved chance, he’ll punish you. Brad Evans did just that with a poor back-pass to Stefan Frei, setting Wondolowski up to hammer a shot over the head of the ‘keeper.
Man of the match: Chris Wondolowski — Few players in MLS finish chances like Wondo, particularly those coming as a result of horrific defensive mistakes. The ‘Quakes are going to be much better this year, and Wondo could make them a playoff team.
Seattle Sounders: Frei, Mears (Roldan 80′), Evans, Marshall, Gonzalez, Pappa, Azira (Rose 67′), Pineda, Neagle (Barrett 72′), Dempsey, Martins
Goals: Dempsey (1′), Martins (84′)
San Jose Earthquakes: Bingham, Wynne, Renato (Jahn 64′), Bernardez, Francis, Emeghara, Alashe, Koval, Perez Garcia (Harden 57′), Nyassi (Salinas 72′), Wondolowski
Goals: Wondolowski (13′, 48′), Emeghara (70′)