SANTA CLARA, California — Chris Wondolowski scored a second-half hat trick to guide the Earthquakes to a 3-0 victory over Chivas USA on Wednesday night.
It was the second hat trick this season for Wondolowski, who moved into a share of the league-lead with Los Angeles' Edson Buddle at 17 goals. The Earthquakes will be in town to take on the Kansas City Wizards on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.
Wondolowski passed Ronald Cerritos' Earthquakes team mark of 15 goals for a season, set in 1999.
He now has scored San Jose's last nine goals.
It was the first time San Jose beat Chivas USA since being re-established in 2008. The Earthquakes had four losses and two draws against Chivas before Wednesday.
Wondolowski drew a penalty in the 55th minute and converted by going low and to the right of goalkeeper Kevin Guppy, who was making his MLS debut. Wondolowski struck four minutes later from 13 yards out and scored his third with a volley from the edge of the box in the 72nd minute.