WASHINGTON, Oct. 8, 2012 — Forget the voting. Let’s hand the Major League Soccer MVP Award over to Chris Wondolowski right now.
The San Jose Earthquakes striker notched a hat trick against the Colorado Rapids this weekend bringing his total haul of goals this season to 25. He was named Major League Soccer Player of the Week and is now just two goals shy of Roy Lassiter’s 1996 single-season goals record of 27 goals.
Still, for all efforts, American coach Jurgen Klinsmann did not name Wondolowski to his 24-player training camp to prepare for its final two matches in the Semifinal Round of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup against Antigua & Barbuda and Guatemala. Klinsmann did name Wondolowski’s teammate Alan Gordon as one of his five strikers. Gordan has scored 13 goals this season for the Earthquakes.
Wondolowski was called up earlier in the year by Klinsmann in what the coach called the “Five Game Tournament” which involved friendlies and two World Cup qualifiers, but the San Jose striker only appeared once as a sub in a friendly 0–0 draw against Canada.
Wondolowski has two more games to reach the MLS long-standing league record: one against the LA Galaxy and the final game of the regular season against the Portland Timbers. His hat trick this weekend also broke the Earthquakes all-time scoring record as he topped Ronald Cerritos with his 62nd goal in a San Jose uniform.
This was Wondolowski’s fourth MLS Player of the Week award this season after garnering the accolade in Weeks 9, 19 and 29.
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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