Sep 20, 2012, 2:57 PM EDT
Two talking points from San Jose, where the Earthquakes and Portland Timbers played to a surprising 2-2 draw.
First, MLS leading scorer Chris Wondolowski made a rare off-the-bench appearance. The striker has been in a fairly long slump, so coach Frank Yallop was clearly looking to shake the man loose via a little system change-up.
It clearly worked, too, as “Wondo” hit for two in his first appearance off the bench since late in the 2010 season. (That night, Wondolowski came in to nail a hat trick, all three goals in a 3-0 result over Chivas USA.)
The added benefit was some extra rest for what always looked like a tougher match, Saturday in the Pacific Northwest against Seattle side that looks quite spry, and has for a while now.
Second, Wondolowski now as 21 goals. But since his pace of scoring has slowed so drastically since earlier in the summer, we haven’t gotten to play “How High Can Wondo go?” lately.
He needs two more to climb into the Top Five all-time best goal scoring seasons in MLS.
Here’s the list of Wondo targets with five matches remaining:
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- Looking at the United States’ roster ahead of their Canada rematch 1
- A stadium for New York City FC – tougher than you think 8
- Claudio Reyna announced as New York City FC Director of Football 0
- Possible temporary homes for New York City FC 9
- Bigger impact on U.S. soccer growth: David Beckham or Pele? (35)
- It’s official: Manchester City and the Yankees will own and operate Major League Soccer’s newest expansion team. (35)
- Why MLS was so focused on New York as the 20th market (17)
- Notes from today’s big announcement on MLS, NYCFC the Yankees and the rest (14)
- Landon Donovan and a Gold Cup squeeze? He deserves better (9)
- Lochte says Phelps will return soon
- Tebow fact: He reminds Chuck Norris of Chuck Norris
- LeBron stuns Pacers with OT winner in Game 1
- HBT: Astros vendor fired after taking food into bathroom
- Pens overwhelm Sens, take 3-1 series lead
- Tiger calls Sergio's comments inappropriate, hurtful
- Bears great Urlacher announces retirement