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San Jose’s Chris Wondolowski locks up league MVP

Oct 6, 2012, 11:30 PM EDT

Wondo head shot

If the fourth-best scoring season in Major League Soccer history isn’t enough to score a league MVP, seriously then, what is?

That’s a rhetorical question, of course. Because San Jose striker Chris Wondolowski surely locked up the MLS Most Valuable Player honor Saturday with a hat trick against the down-and-out Colorado Rapids. (San Jose won, 4-1.)

“Wonder Wondo” has 25 goals, statistically the fourth-best season in goal scoring yet. Further, Wondolowski has  two matches remaining and now stands just two goals off the all-time record, Roy Lassiter’s 27 goals back in 1996 – a very, very different league, one in its debut campaign.

New York forward Thierry Henry was the only other realistic factor in the MVP chase. On the same night Wondolowski nailed his latest hat trick, Henry started nimbly enough but faded in the Red Bulls’ costly loss at home to Chicago.

So the contrasting nights will speak loudly, especially since it was Wondolowski’s to lose coming into Saturday, with only a scattering of whispers beginning to grow of Henry’s potential ability to slip into the MVP chase.

We’ll be hearing no more of that; start engraving, for sure.

Here is the updated list of top goal-scoring seasons in MLS:


  1. mkbryant3 - Oct 6, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    Go Wondo. But, man, was that an entertaining RSL v LA match. End to end in the first half. RSL looked so solid. Where is the weak spot on that team?

  2. footballer4ever - Oct 7, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    Congrats, Wondo. While the Designated Players glow in the flashing lights, you quietly are putting the numbers in a hard working and humble ways. You’ll reap off the benefits with you on the field and off the field character. Applause, Mr. October!

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