SANTA CLARA -- Jon Busch had only one wish on a milestone night in the Earthquakes goalkeeper's impressive 13-year career.

"For me the most important thing was three points," said Busch, who recorded his 100th career victory as San Jose shut out Sporting Kansas City 1-0 in front of a sellout crowd of 10,525 at Buck Shaw Stadium.

Busch, who also celebrated his 37th birthday Sunday, had a relatively easy time against the Eastern Conference leader as the Quakes won their fifth consecutive home game in Major League Soccer -- sixth overall.

But there was no ignoring the fact Busch became MLS's seventh goalkeeper to earn at least 100 victories. It also was his 40th victory since arriving in San Jose in 2010 as Joe Cannon's backup.

Busch is someone who doesn't like to take credit, so he turned the moment into a joke.

"It means I'm old," he said of the achievement.

Interim coach Mark Watson offered more serious insight: "It's a testament of quality over time," he said.

Teammates played up the moment by leaving a gag gift in his locker before the game. They signed the game ball afterward to present to their spiritual leader.

"It's a great reward for him," star Chris Wondolowski said of the achievement.

But as Busch said, nothing was more important than earning three points from the victory thanks to Wondolowski's goal in the 55th minute.

Wondolowski has scored all of the Quakes' goals since returning from the CONCACAF Gold Cup, where he tied Landon Donovan as the tournament's leading scorer.

Afterward, he led the team's most vocal supporters, the 1906 Ultras, in cheers behind the north goal.

San Jose (9-10-6) ended a two-game scoreless drought when Wondolowski headed a ball from Steven Beitashour just inside the right goal post. The Danville native's team-leading eighth goal of the season seemed to lift the Earthquakes' spirits.

"I had a smile on my face when I saw him running toward that ball," Beitashour said.

The victory moved San Jose into a seventh-place tie with next weekend's opponent, FC Dallas, although the Texans have played one fewer game.

Despite a glossy home record of 8-1-4, the Quakes have struggled on the road this season with a lone victory. Now they are down to nine games, five away. With 33 points, San Jose probably needs to win five of its final games.

Anything's possible. The team's defensive issues seem to have been corrected with the additions of Clarence Goodson and Jordan Stewart to the back line.

And Wondolowski seems to be on another season-ending hot streak.

  • The Ultras sat silently for the first five minutes Sunday night to continue a protest over issues about being allowed to travel to away games. But they broke into song for the rest of the game after making their point.

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    Saturday's game

    Earthquakes (9-10-6) at FC Dallas (8-7-9), 6 p.m. CSNCA