San Jose Earthquakes entered today's match at Portland Timbers with an opportunity to break two long-standing MLS records: become the first team in seven seasons to average more than two points per game and the first to reach that landmark twice (LA Galaxy 1998, Miami Fusion 2001, San Jose Earthquakes 2005), and set the individual goal-scoring mark in a season through two goals by Chris Wondolowski (Roy Lassiter's 27 goals in 1996).
In the end, the Quakes had to settle for one of the two records as they drew 1-1 with the Timbers. They finish the regular season with 66 points from 34 matches, two points shy of the 68 required, and one win short of 20 wins, which no MLS team has achieved since 1998. (The LA Galaxy had 24 wins in 1998, of which two were shootout wins.) Timbers players said during the week that they were in no mood to gift Wondolowski the record, but when the Quakes drew a penalty midway through the first half, there was no doubt who would take the kick.
So Chris Wondolowski will share MLS' goalscoring record with Lassiter and will almost certainly win Most Valuable Player for this season. The Quakes will host return legs in all of the MLS Cup playoff ties and host the final should they reach it. There's no way the league will allow the Final to be played at Buck Shaw Stadium so we'll have to find out if another site in the Bay Area will be available.