by Anthony Paoli
In a season of utter disaster for the San Jose Earthquakes, many Quakes fans have turned to the subplot of the season: Chris Wondolowski chasing Landon Donovan’s all time Major League Soccer (MLS) goal scoring record.
The 35 year old Quakes captain is known throughout the MLS as one of the best goal scorers to ever play in the league. However, he wasn’t always the goal scoring machine that Quakes fans know him as now.
Wondolowski struggled to make a name for himself early on in his career. He managed just 4 goals in his first 5 seasons in the MLS.
In 2009, Wondolowski was traded from the Houston Dynamo to the Earthquakes. It was in San Jose where he really became the world class goal scorer that we know him as today. Wondolowski scored 138 goals in his next 10 seasons, including winning the MLS Golden Boot Award, given to the player who scores the most goals throughout the season, in both 2010 (18 goals), and 2012 (27 goals) which at the time was an MLS record for goals in a season.
“He’s been doing this for years,” veteran defender Shea Salinas said on sjearthquakes.com. “If he breaks the record I’ll be the first one there to congratulate him.”
With 142 total goals in the MLS, Wondolowski is now just 3 short of tying Landon Donovan’s all time record of 145 goals.
“Obviously it’d be a great honor to hold that record,” Wondolowski said in a postgame press conference. “I’ve always been a goal scorer and breaking that record would be great, but as long as the team is getting wins then I’m happy.”
With all playoff hopes out the window and only 4 games left in the season, all Quakes fans will be keying in to see if Wondolowski will make history.