PORTLAND, Ore. -- The most successful regular season in Earthquakes history ended in a 1-1 tie against the lowly Portland Timbers on a soggy Saturday evening in the Rose City.
The Quakes' lone goal was a big one, though, as Chris Wondolowski tied Major League Soccer's regular-season record when he scorched a penalty kick -- his 27th goal on the season -- into the left corner of the net in the 24th minute.
Wondolowski, an East Bay native, tied the mark set by Roy Lassiter, who did it for Tampa Bay in 1996.
"Amazing," Frank Yallop said of Wondolowski's feat. The Quakes coach added there was "pressure on his (Wondolowski's) shoulders" leading up to the game and was glad the San Jose forward could at least tie the mark.
"I'm happy," a smiling Wondolowski said afterward. He had another shot in the second half, but his header just missed. "I wanted that header really bad."
The penalty kick was awarded to San Jose when Steven Lenhart's dash across the box was cut short when he was tackled by Timbers goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts.
It looked for a while that the Quakes would finally get a win in Portland, but the Timbers got the equalizer in the 67th minute.
After diving to make the initial stop, Quakes keeper Jon Busch didn't have time to respond to Timbers forward Bright Dike, who corralled his own rebound and booted the ball into the right corner of the net.
The tie meant the Quakes are still winless against Portland (0-3-2). "This is a tough place to play," Wondolowski said.
Yallop said while it would have been nice to beat Portland, he was glad the team got through the game unscathed. "No one's got any injury," he said of his club.
The Quakes did stretch their unbeaten streak to nine games (5-0-4). The last time they had a run like that was July-September of 2008.
While Wondolowski and Yallop beamed about the individual accomplishment, both were more focused on the MLS playoffs, which begin Wednesday.
The Quakes, an MLS-best 19-6-9 on the season, are the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference and will open either Nov. 3 or 4 against the winner of Thursday's match between Los Angeles and Vancouver.
The second leg of the Quakes' home-and-home series will be at Buck Shaw Stadium on Nov. 7.
When asked which team he'd rather face (the Quakes are 2-0-1 against L.A. and 1-2 against Vancouver), Wondolowski said each team poses problems. "Both are really tough. They are dangerous at any time," he said, before adding the Quakes would "be prepared for either."
Whomever they face, Yallop is just excited at the opportunity of winning the franchise's third ever MLS Cup (they last won in 2003). "I really look forward to the playoffs."
Wondolowski took it one step further: "I really wan to to get that Cup."