Earthquakes clinch playoff spot, beat Minnesota 3-2
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Marco Urena scored in the third minute of stoppage time and the San Jose Earthquakes secured a playoff spot with a 3-2 victory over Minnesota United on Sunday in their regular-season finale.
San Jose (13-14-7) needed a win for the final spot in the Western Conference after FC Dallas’ 5-1 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy. It’s an unexpected run for the Earthquakes, who fired coach Dominic Kinnear midway through the season.
In the build-up to the winner, San Jose goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell sent a long ball that was chested by Victor Bernardez and headed to Quincy Amarikwa inside the 18-yard box. Minnesota goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth pushed Amarikwa’s shot wide but San Jose star Chris Wondolowski chased it down for a feed to an open Urena in front of goal.
The Earthquakes have won seven of their last nine home games — with every win coming by one goal.
Wondolowski gave San Jose a 2-1 lead in the 55th with an easy redirection of Danny Hoesen cross at the back post.
Minnesota (10-18-6), which has lost nine of its last 12 road games, tied it at 2 in the 81st on Francisco Calvo’s header off the crossbar.