LAFC drops to 6th in West after loss to Earthquakes – Press Enterprise

SAN JOSE — Cristian Espinoza scored a goal and assisted on another by Chris Wondolowski, and the San Jose Earthquakes beat Los Angeles FC, 3-2, on Wednesday night to clinch an MLS playoff berth.

Wondolowski, whose 166 career goals are the most in MLS history, scored on a volley in the 37th minute to give the Earthquakes a 2-1 lead. Espinoza lobbed an entry from the left side to the far post where Wondolowski tapped it home.

San Jose (8-8-6, 30 points) played a man down after Jackson Yueill was shown a second yellow card in the 61st minute.

LAFC (9-8-4, 31 points) had its three-game unbeaten streak snapped and dropped to sixth in the Western Conference standings, partly due to its 1-6-1 road record. LAFC closes the regular season with a home match against second-place Portland (11-6-5, 38 points) on Sunday.

Latif Blessing scored in the 23rd minute to give LAFC a 1-0 lead but an own goal by Eduard Atuesta tied it about five minutes later.

Espinoza took a cross from Shea Salinas and whipped in a side-netter to give San Jose a 3-1 lead. Salinas moved past Ronaldo Cerritos to become the Earthquakes’ career leader with 49 assists.

Diego Rossi capped the scoring in stoppage time with his MLS-leading 14th goal of the season.

The match was originally slated for Nov. 1, but it was rescheduled after three LAFC players tested positive for COVID-19.