Frank Yallop’s San Jose Earthquakes and Peter Vermes’s Sporting Kansas City duked it out as both teams continued the chase for the 2011 MLS Cup Playoffs at Buck Shaw Stadium. Both sides played it out to a 1-1 draw as both teams left it late.
Chris Wondolowski scored his 12th goal of the season thanks to a sequence that involved Steven Beitashour and Simon Dawkins in the 85th minute. However, just as the confetti was falling down, C.J. Sapong found Teal Bunbury for his eighth goal of the season.
“Our first thought wasn’t ‘Oh, let’s put our heads down. The game is over,’” Bunbury told Andrew Wiebe of MLSSoccer.com. “We picked ourselves up, and we went right at them immediately. We kicked it off, C.J. did his magic and I knew that I had to take off, make a good run in behind and finish it.”
"We would like to have won,” Vermes added, “but sometimes you have to battle and scrape and scrap the way we did in the first half. The bottom line is that the game is 90 minutes plus injury time. The guys did a really good job of staying in the game and realizing that it wasn’t over until the end.”
With the result, Sporting improve to 11-9-12 and remain the leaders of the MLS Eastern Conference with 45 points. As for San Jose, their hopes for a postseason spot are all but over as they sit in eighth place in the MLS Western Conference with a record of 6-11-14 and 32 points.
Next weekend, San Jose take on the New England Revolution, while Sporting’s next match is against the New York Red Bulls on Oct. 15.