SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- Chris Wondolowski scored a
second-half hat trick to establish a single-season franchise
record for goals and lead the Earthquakes to a 3-0 victory
against visiting Chivas USA on Wednesday night.
It was the second hat trick this season for Wondolowski, who
moved into a tie for the league-lead with Los Angeles' Edson
Buddle at 17 goals.
Wondolowski passed Ronald Cerritos' team mark of 15 goals, set
in 1999. He now has San Jose's last nine goals, matching the
league record set by the Galaxy's Carlos Ruiz from August 2002
to April 2003.
It was the first time San Jose beat Chivas USA since being
reestablished in 2008. The Earthquakes had gone 0-4-2 against
Chivas before Wednesday.
Wondolowski drew a penalty kick in the 55th minute and converted
by going low and to the right of rookie goalkeeper Kevin Guppy,
who was making his MLS debut. Wondolowski struck four minutes
later from 13 yards out, taking a pass from Eduardo and again
going low to Guppy's right. He finished the hat trick off in the
72nd minute, carefully tucking a volley of Ryan Johnson's cross
inside the far post from 8 yards out.
San Jose, in the middle of a fatiguing stretch of three matches
in eight days, benched eight of its regular starters for the
contest, including Wondolowski. But forward Cornell Glen
strained his left hamstring in the 40th minute, and had to come
off, prompting coach Frank Yallop to insert Wondolowski.