The Wizards will have to wait a few more days to find out if they will make the playoffs, but if nothing else, they still control their own destiny in their hunt for the MLS postseason.
Kansas City picked up a thrilling 3-2 victory over San Jose, in the final regular season home game in front of 9.841 fans at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.
Herculez Gomez hit the game winning goal in stoppage time on a corner kick.
The goal came when Claudio Lopez delivered a corner kick to the front of the goal. There, it was met by a streaking Gomez who knocked in the game-winner with his left foot.
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Lopez got the Wizards off to a quick lead in the 18th minute. Lopez took a pass from Abe Thompson and flicked it into the right corner of the goal.
The assist was the first for Thompson in a Wizard’s uniform and was the first goal for Lopez since May 24. Lopez was back in the starting lineup Saturday after not starting since Sept. 7. His start came after Josh Wolff was kept out of action with a lower leg injury. Thompson, who had started alongside Wolff for the five games previous to Saturday’s left the game at halftime with an abdominal injury.
Before the Wizards could hardly get their defense set up again, the Earthquakes struck on offense.
Former Wizard Scott Sealy headed a ball past the outstretched arms of Kevin Hartman to even the score 1-1 in the 20th minute.
Kansas City was able to take advantage of a San Jose defense that had to be focused on a win rather than tie to take 10 first half shots.
That paid off in the 27th minute, when the Wizards struck again.
Jack Jewsbury played the ball forward to Lopez who deflected it past two defenders to Davy Arnaud who took it in stride and knocked in a goal from 12 yards away.
The quick, sharp touch by Lopez was his fifth assist and Jewsbury’s seventh.
That gave Kansas City a 2-1 lead heading into halftime.
San Jose’s final goal came in the 71st minute when Shea Salina put in an unassisted goal from 18 yards. The ball had pinballed around the box for more than 15 seconds with Kansas City goalkeeper Kevin Hartman unable to control the ball twice. Finally, Salina scored, to tie the match 2-2.
The win marks the 10th straight unbeaten game at home. The Wizards last lost on June 14, when they fell 3-0 to Columbus. Since then, Kansas City is 6-0-4 since that defeat.