Earthquakes’ striker leads the league in scoring
When you think about goal scoring prowess in MLS, strikers like Thierry Henry, Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan are probably the first ones to pop into your mind, but after his blazing start to the 2012 season, Chris Wondolowski should be at the top of that list.
Leading the league in scoring with 17 goals in 22 games played, “Wondo” is one marker shy of his season best from 2010 and leads the goal scoring race in MLS by four goals. The Danville, California native is also tops in MLS in game-winning goals with eight, adding five assists to his totals. He became the fastest player to reach 10 goals in league history, achieving that mark in San Jose’s ninth game of the season.
For his efforts, Wondolowski received MLS Player of the Month awards in April and June, helping his team to first place in the Western Conference.
“Chris is a really good guy and has paid his dues over the years,” said Impact head coach Jesse Marsch. “He’s one of the really good guys in this league that you want to see succeed because he’s such a good person. Soccer wise, he’s very clever and smart. He needs just a little window to make plays and he seems to do it regularly.”
Wondolowski has also become a regular call up for US national team duties by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who really likes what he’s seen in Wondo’s game despite just eight appearances for his country.
“First and foremost is he scores goals," said the German soccer legend earlier this year in a conference call with the media. “He is hungry for goals, no matter if it is in training or in an MLS game…every place. This is fun to watch. He doesn't stop running. He doesn't stop fighting. He helps his teammates. He's a pure giver. He's tremendously fit. He’s sharp. He's experienced. He understands better what it takes to be an international striker. He's hungry for information. He's like a sponge.”
Wondolowski was also named a starter for the All-Star game versus Chelsea FC, a 3-2 win for MLS, in which Wondo scored the opening goal. Caught on video, England national team central defender John Terry approached the San Jose man during the game to pay him a compliment.
“Your movement is incredible,” Terry told him, as he tapped him on the back.
With praise coming from such internationally renowned players, it’s only a matter of time before Wondo is spoken in the same breath as Henry or Keane.
Tous au Stade!
Impact supporters will get their first glimpse of the all-star on Saturday as the Quakes visit Stade Saputo for the very first encounter between these two clubs.
Individual tickets for games at Stade Saputo are available via the Admission Network. Three-game partial plan at Stade Saputo are now available, starting at $53, by calling 514-328-3668, via impactmontreal.com. Special family and friend packages, as well as new student rates are also available.