Colorado (13-9-9) at San Jose (12-11-8), 10:30 p.m.
Santa Clara, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The San Jose Earthquakes go in search of a crucial three points on Wednesday as the club hosts the Colorado Rapids at Buck Shaw Stadium.
San Jose enters the match in sixth place in the Western Conference on 44 points, four behind Colorado for the fifth and final playoff spot with three games remaining.
The Earthquakes are coming off a much-needed three-point effort against the struggling Chivas USA back on Sept. 29. Both teams struggled to generate many scoring chances, but San Jose finally got the goal it needed three minutes before the final whistle.
The scoring play started routinely as Marvin Chavez launched a long-range strike on goal that was stopped by Chivas goalkeeper Dan Kennedy, but he was unable to corrall the rebound and Chris Wondolowski was there to pop home the rebound the give the visitors the lead.
The Goats were unable to find an eqalizer and the 'Quakes held on to extend their unbeaten run in league play to five consecutive matches.
"Our guys were fantastic, and kept fighting and persevering right through the end," Quakes interim coach Mark Watson remarked. "And we got the goal that we were so desperate for."
"With these games, especially ones that you need to win, you don't know if those chances are going to come in the first minute or the 90th minute," Wondolowski added. "So you just have to stay the course and just keep plugging away. I think that's something we're pretty good at."
Colorado, meanwhile, is right in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race and is coming off its most impressive win of the season -- a 5-1 drubbing of Seattle Sounders FC at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
Colorado had the better of play all night long against Seattle and needed only 13 seconds to find the back of the net through Rookie of the Year candidate Deshorn Brown.
Dillon Powers scored in the 10th minute and Brown completed a brace in the 31st minute before Drew Moor capped a fantatic first half with a tally in the 42nd minute.
Eddie Johnson got one back for the Sounders in the 63rd, but Designated Player Gabriel Torres scored his first MLS goal in stoppage time to finish off the rout for the Rapids.
"I'm glad for the players. It's one of those nights they've deserved," Rapids head coach Oscar Pareja said. "It's been a year so far, and there have been many games where they wanted so badly to perform the way they did tonight in front of the fans. That was very rewarding. I think that's the statement. It's a message to our fans, that have been very supportive, and giving that joy today, that's why the players are happy.
It was great for him [to get the early goal], and Deshorn needed it as well," Pareja said of Brown's performance. "Now he's called to the [Jamaican] National Team. I know his mom was here tonight, and he wanted, tonight, to come and give us this this joy. I spoke to him during the week, and he knew how badly we needed this result. He did excellent at training during the week. Everything came together for Deshorn today, and we're very glad for him."