SAN JOSE — With suspended leading scorer Chris Wondolowski helping lead chants Wednesday, the San Jose Earthquakes took a one-goal lead, lost it, and left their home pitch on the bad end of a 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Philadelphia Union.
The Union stunned the Wondo-charged crowd on goals by Alejandro Bedoya and Kacper Przybylko in the 70th and 76th minutes. Then came a foul in the box on the Union’s Aurelien Collin that after review was deemed not a penalty, and San Jose couldn’t come up with an equalizer despite seven minutes of stoppage time.
The Quakes (13-14-5, 44 points), without red-card suspended Wondolowski and Cristian Espinoza for the crucial match, have now lost seven of their past eight matches. They fell to eighth place in the Western Conference and trail Portland and FC Dallas by a point for the final playoff spot.
The Quakes had chances for more than one earlier after Danny Hoesen set up Jackson Yueillwith a pass from the endline for the game’s opening goal in the 35th minute.
San Jose’s Carlos Fierro almost scored in the 42nd minute but the rebound was cleared off the line.
The Earthquakes lost what was ruled a goal seconds into the second half on a VAR-assisted offside call.