SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Walter Martinez and Chris Wondolowski each scored a goal to help MLS original Ramiro Corrales go out a winner in the final game of his career, and the San Jose Earthquakes topped FC Dallas 2-1 on Saturday at Buck Shaw Stadium in the season finale for both teams.
The win – and an emotional send off for Corrales in the 71st minute – eased at least some disappointment for the Quakes, who were still eliminated from postseason contention in favor of the Colorado Rapids.
Martinez, who made his MLS debut in May, scored his second goal of the season for the Earthquakes, who needed to score 13 goals and to have the Rapids lose on Sunday in order to return to the playoffs.
Wondolowski scored his team-leading 11th goal of the season in the second half.
Stephen Keel scored in stoppage time for Dallas, who also said goodbye to a club regular in head coach Schellas Hyndman, who announced earlier this month that he will step down at the end of the season after six years on the job.
Martinez missed a shot high to the top left corner in the early going, but came back in the 27th minute to give the Earthquakes a 1-0 edge.
Justin Morrow sent a forward pass along the left sideline, where Martinez picked it up and played a dangerous cross that skipped past Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz, who was caught going for Steven Lenhart’s dummy run in front of the goal.
Wondolowski added his goal, a sharp drive in the upper right corner, in the 57th minute. He was assisted by Lenhart and Shea Salinas.
Corrales, making his first start since Sept. 14, had two good scoring chances in the first 11 minutes. He missed wide right in the fifth minute and again in the 11th minute.
The last original remaining MLS player from 1996, Corrales received a standing ovation from the crowd when he was introduced. A special ceremony, featuring a video tribute from players around the league, was held before kickoff.
Corrales played 250 games for the Earthquakes, the most in team history by nearly 80 games.
Corrales received another standing ovation when he was subbed out of the game in the 71st minute, and Lenhart and Victor Bernandez punctuated the moment by carrying him off the field on their shoulders.
MLSsoccer.com Men of the Match
|Rank||Player||What We Saw|
|1||Ramiro Corrales||Okay, so this is a sentimental pick. But the guy is the last man standing from 1996. Least we could do.|
|2||Steven Lenhart||Typically pesky night for Lenny. One assist and a dummy that led to a goal. And some bangin'.|
|3||Walter Martinez||Physical and scrappy all night, he was in FCD's business from the opening whistle.|