Quakes looking for first road win at Toronto
After breaking Landon Donovan’s MLS career scoring record with four goals in a 4-1 victory over the Chicago Fire, Chris Wondolowski and the San Jose Earthquakes look for their first road win of the season Sunday night when they visit Toronto FC.
The Earthquakes (4-6-2, 14 points), who began the weekend in eighth place in the Western Conference, are 0-3-2 away from home this season but are 4-2-2 in their last eight matches — their best eight-match span since the start of the 2016 season.
Wondolowski, the 89th overall pick in the 2005 MLS draft, comes in off the first four-goal game of his career, breaking Donovan’s MLS mark of 145 career goals in the process. Wondolowski now has 148. He also tied Donovan’s record for game-winning goals with 41.
“Wondo was Wondo last week,” Toronto coach Greg Vanney told MLSsoccer.com. “He is very, very clever. Fox in the box, that’s him. About finding space, finding any way to turn things on goal … A true finisher, a true box forward. It’s a craft that over the years he has continued to hone to the tune of the best goal-scorer in MLS history.”
Wondolowski said his main goal now is to win the MLS Cup.
“I would trade all 148 (goals) to lift a trophy up as captain and especially for this club right now,” Wondolowski said.
Toronto (5-5-2, 17 points), which entered the weekend in seventh place in the Eastern Conference, is 0-3-1 in its last four games and has been shut out in back-to-back matches, including a 3-0 loss at Real Salt Lake on May 18.
That loss was a costly one for Toronto as Spanish midfielder Alejandro Pozuelo, who leads the team in assists (six) and is tied with Jozy Altidore for the lead in goals (five), was sent off after picking up two yellow cards in the span of eight minutes and must sit out Sunday’s contest.
Toronto has won the last three meetings between the two teams at BMO Field. The teams tied, 1-1, in the only meeting last season in San Jose, with Wondolowski scoring for the Earthquakes and Lucas Janson for Toronto.
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