Chris Wondolowski won Major League Soccer’s MVP award Thursday by an appropriately huge margin for the Earthquakes forward who dominated the league’s goal-scoring race.
Wondolowski capped his remarkable season by lifting the MVP trophy at the Home Depot Center during the week of festivities leading up to the MLS Cup on Saturday. Read More
Not since the inaugural season — when Roy Lassiter did it 16 years ago — had an MLS player found the back of the opposing net 27 times.
But that changed late October.
“It means a lot,” said Earthquakes striker Chris Wondolowski, who tied Lassiter’s single-season scoring record this year while helping his team rumble to the best record in the league. “But it doesn’t mean much if you’re not holding that MLS Cup championship at the end.” Read More
The Earthquakes this week became the first MLS team to clinch a playoff spot, marking their second trip to the postseason in the past three years.
The 2012 season has been a big turnaround for a club that has not finished higher than sixth in the Western Conference since A’s owner Lew Wolff brought the team back following the previous incarnation moving to Houston after the 2005 season, when they won the Supporters’ Shield for the best regular-season record. Read More
Through the first 73 minutes of play, the game was a bit of a laugher.
The Earthquakes, without their top scorer, Chris Wondolowski, were down 2-0 to the reigning MLS Cup champion Los Angeles Galaxy with less than 17 minutes to play.
But then, courtesy of a Steven Lenhart header, San Jose scored. And then scored again — and again. Read More
Individual accolades alone don’t win championships — or Cups.
Chris Wondolowski, the San Jose Earthquakes’ veteran in his eighth year of professional soccer, knows that all too well.
After consecutive stellar seasons in 2010 and 2011 with the Earthquakes, “Wondo’s” quest of seizing Major League Soccer’s premier prize remains unfulfilled. Read More