When the San Jose Earthquakes needed a late goal this past month, Alan Gordon came to the rescue. Not once, not twice, but three times. In a row.
Gordon's trio of consecutive late-game goals directly secured five points for the Earthquakes, and his heroics helped earn him SBI MLS Player of the Month honors, becoming the second Earthquake to win in as many months, following in the footsteps of Chris Wondolowski.
Gordon netted consecutive game-tying goals in the final moments against Chivas USA and Columbus to cement San Jose comebacks, but he saved his most clutch goal for the Galaxy, where he spent the first seven seasons of his career. His game-winner at the Home Depot Center capped a wild, late comeback from a 2-0 deficit and also earned him a place in the starting lineup in the Quakes' loss to Sporting Kansas City over the weekend. With four goals on the season, Gordon is one shy of his tying his career-high for a single campaign, which he set last season with Toronto FC and San Jose and in 2008 with the Galaxy.
Gordon's clutch performances helped him beat out the likes of more prolific players like D.C. United's Dwayne De Rosario and Seattle's Fredy Montero, who each had some spectacular strikes en route to four goals and three assists; United's Hamdi Salihi, who scored four goals and has started to find his groove; New York's Kenny Cooper, who scored a goal in each of the Red Bulls' last four matches; and Colorado Rapids midfielder Martin Rivero, who had a goal and three assists.
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