CARSON, Calif. (AP) – Chris Wondolowski scored in the 87th minute and the short-handed San Jose Earthquakes kept their playoff hopes alive with a 1-0 win over Chivas USA on Sunday night.
San Jose (12-11-8) moved within one point of Colorado and Los Angeles, who are tied for the fifth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
San Jose's next two games are against Colorado (Oct. 9) and Los Angeles (Oct. 20).
Steven Lenhart was ejected in the 81st minute and San Jose finished the match with 10 men. Lenhart picked up his second yellow card for a reckless challenge on Chivas goalkeeper Dan Kennedy.
Down a player, San Jose pressured Chivas and was rewarded. With three minutes remaining, Alan Gordon took a shot on goal from the top of the penalty area that Kennedy stopped, but Wondolowski knocked in the rebound for his ninth goal of the season.