SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- Chris Wondolowski scored in the 15th
minute to help the San Jose Earthquakes beat the New England
Revolution 1-0 on Saturday night in season opener for both
It was the Earthquakes' first win in a home opener since
entering the league as an expansion team in 2008. San Jose lost
its four previous home openers by a combined score of 6-0.
The loss spoiled Jay Heaps' New England coach debut.
Wondolowski, who tied for the MLS lead last season with 16
goals, extended his scoring streak to six games.
Shea Salinas set up the goal by jumping on an errant pass from
Revolution captain Sharlie Joseph inside New England's half of
the field. Salinas quickly slipped a through ball to
Wondolowski. The U.S. international took one touch and fired a
shot past goalkeeper Matt Reis from just outside the penalty
San Jose, which had only one shutout in its final 15 matches
last season, held on to blank New England despite the
Revolution's increased second-half pressure.
New Earthquakes center back Victor Bernardez snuffed out one of
New England's best chances at an equalizer in the 81st minute.
The Honduran international intercepted a dangerous pass across
the goalmouth by Revolution midfielder Lee Nguyen, allowing
goalkeeper Jon Busch to easily collect the ball.
New England's Benny Feilhaber missed by inches during
second-half injury time. Seconds later, San Jose's Simon Dawkins
pushed a potential clincher just past the far post.