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Seattle bests San Jose with two late goals

Oct 16, 2011 - 4:52 AM Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Seattle Sounders FC scored twice in the final eight minutes to earn a dramatic 2-1 home victory over the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday.

With the Sounders already heading to the postseason, it was a festive atmosphere at CenturyLink Field. Over 64,000 attended the match to celebrate Kasey Keller's final regular season home game, which the Sounders were able to commemorate with a last-gasp win.

Chris Wondolowski put San Jose in front midway through the opening half, but Seattle eventually overturned the deficit. Sammy Ochoa tallied the equalizer in the 82nd minute while Fredy Montero scored the winner five minutes later.

Wondolowski opened the scoring in the 24th minute, taking a through ball from Rafael Baca and slotting a shot underneath Keller for his 15th goal of the season. Th Earthquakes striker is keeping pace with Dwayne De Rosario for the league scoring lead while looking to become the first player in Major League Soccer history to claim back-to-back Golden Boot titles.

Seattle continued to press in search of a goal, which came late in the match from an unlikely source. Ochoa notched his first goal of the season, slipping a shot past Jon Busch that struck the post and trickled over the goal line.

Montero went on to score the game-winner in the 87th minute, receiving a penetrating pass in the box and quickly poking a shot past Busch for his 12th goal of the campaign.

Seattle has won four of its last five matches and heads into its next regular season clash on Oct. 22 against Chivas USA with a stranglehold on second place in the Western Conference.

San Jose has endured a disappointing term in 2011, having been eliminated from playoff contention for some time. The 'Quakes sit in eighth place in the West with 35 points and will wrap up their season next Saturday when they host FC Dallas at Buck Shaw Stadium.