WASHINGTON, November 5, 2012 — Chris Wondolowski keeps on making a history.
The San Jose Earthquakes forward was voted Major League Soccer (MLS) Player of the Month for October. It’s Wondolowski’s second consecutive MLS Player of the Month and his fourth this season. No player in MLS history has ever received that many accolades in one season. It’s also Wondolowski’s third consecutive October collecting the award.
The award comes on the heels of Wondolowski tying Roy Lassiter’s 1996 record of scoring 27 goals in a single season, and San Jose’s big 1-0 win in the playoffs at the Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunday night.
Through October, Wondolowski led San Jose to a 1-0-2 record, scoring five goals in three games, to help capture the club’s second Supporters’ Shield. Entering the month, he needed five goals to tie Lassiter’s single-season goal record. After a hat trick against Colorado and a goal against the LA Galaxy, “Wondo” tied the record and came very close to breaking it during San Jose’s final match in Portland.
After San Jose’s 1-0 playoff win at the Galaxy with an stoppage time goal, the Earthquakes now have a huge opportunity of advancing to the Western Conference final on Wednesday night when they take on the Galaxy at home at 11 p.m. ET in the two-game series.
L.A. has to score in the game, so San Jose will be ready for a fight.
“We are going to come out flying,” Wondolowski said. “We are not going to settle in. We will be coming right at them and try and get one or two goals.”
For 20 years John Haydon wrote a weekly soccer column for The Washington Times. He has covered two World Cups and written about Major League Soccer from the league’s inception in 1996.
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