Chris Wondolowski scored his 10th goal of the season and the San Jose Earthquakes made it stand for a 1-0 victory against the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday.
The win moved sixth-place San Jose (13-11-8) within a point of both Colorado (13-10-9) and the L.A. Galaxy (14-11-6), who hold the last two playoff spots in the Western Conference.
Colorado kept Wondolowski off the scoreboard with multiple saves before the reigning league MVP broke through in the 69th minute, snapping a powerful header from a Shea Salinas corner kick that left Rapids goalkeeper Clint Irwin flat-footed.
It was the league-leading seventh game-winning goal for Wondolowski, who has reached double digits in league scoring for four straight years.
San Jose improved to 4-0-1 in its past five matches as the 2012 Supporters' Shield winners attempt to reach the postseason. The Earthquakes extended their unbeaten streak at home to 15 matches.
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