Chris Wondolowski

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Chris Wondolowski
Chris Wondolowski MLS AllStar 2013.jpg
Wondolowski warming up at the MLS All Star Game (2013)
Personal information
Full name Christopher Elliott Wondolowski[1]
Date of birth (1983-01-28) January 28, 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Danville, California, United States
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
San Jose Earthquakes
Number 8
Youth career
2001–2004 Chico State Wildcats
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004 Chico Rooks 16 (17)
2005 San Jose Earthquakes 2 (0)
2006–2009 Houston Dynamo 37 (4)
2009– San Jose Earthquakes 161 (89)
National team
2011– United States 24 (9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 26, 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of October 12, 2014

Christopher Wondolowski (Polish pronunciation: [vɔndɔˈwɔfski]; born January 28, 1983) is an American soccer player who plays for San Jose Earthquakes in Major League Soccer and the United States national team. Wondolowski was MLS's top goal scorer in the 2010 and 2012 seasons and has become one of the top strikers in Major League Soccer.[2] He is known by the nickname "Wondo."

Youth and college[edit]

Wondolowski played high school soccer at De La Salle High School in Concord, California, where he earned All-Bay Valley Athletic League first team and all-East Bay first team honors in 2000 and 2001. He was awarded two area "Player of the Year" awards in 2001 by local media. Wondolowski played club soccer for the Diablo Valley Soccer Club (DVSC) and Danville Mustang Soccer Association.

He went on to enjoy a standout college soccer career at Chico State University, finishing with 39 goals in 84 games. He led the Chico Rooks of the then Men's Premier Soccer League with 17 goals in the 2004 season.[3]

Club career[edit]

Playing vs FC Dallas in 2013

San Jose Earthquakes (2005)[edit]

Wondolowski was drafted 41st overall in the 2005 MLS Supplemental Draft by the San Jose Earthquakes. Although he made only two MLS appearances for San Jose in 2005, he led the Earthquakes reserve team in scoring with eight goals in 12 games.

Houston Dynamo (2006–2009)[edit]

Along with the rest of his Earthquakes teammates, he moved to Houston for the 2006 season and once again led the reserve team in scoring, tallying 13 goals in 11 games. He scored his first MLS goal 30 August 2006 against the Chicago Fire.[4]

In 2007, Wondolowski scored against Pachuca in the semifinal round of the CONCACAF Champions' Cup, although Houston was eliminated in the second leg. Wondolowski scored his first US Open Cup goal in a 3-0 victory against FC Dallas on August 23 of that same year.[5] He scored his second career MLS goal – a tap-in against Chicago – on July 12, 2007.

In 2008 Wondolowski continued to make appearances for the reserve squad as well as the first team in various competitions. He captained the team in its US Open Cup loss against Charleston Battery, converting his shot in the penalty shootout as well.[6]

He scored his 4th career goal for Houston against New York Red Bulls on May 16, 2009 was also the 7000th goal in Major League Soccer history.

Return to San Jose (2009–Present)[edit]

Wondolowski was traded to the San Jose Earthquakes in exchange for Cam Weaver in June 2009.[7] With the move to San Jose, Wondolowski began to receive more playing time and appeared in 14 games in which he scored 3 goals for San Jose.

Wondolowski had a break-out season in 2010 in which he led Major League Soccer in scoring with 18 goals in 26 matches, leading San Jose into the MLS Playoffs.[8] The 18 regular season goals scored was the highest in the league, and made for Wondolowski to win his first MLS Golden Boot.[9] He scored his first playoff goal with the series winning goal against New York in their playoff game, propelling San Jose to a 3–2 aggregate win.[10]

Wondolowski’s first brace of 2011 started in the fifth minute of play against FC Dallas. After receiving a ball in the box, Wondolowski took the ball off a volley with time to turn and punch the shot past a helpless Kevin Hartman. His second goal would come in just the 23rd minute after Dallas was unable to clear the ball on a set piece.[11] He finished the season with 16 goals, tied with Dwayne De Rosario for 1st overall in scoring but lost the Golden Boot on an assists tie breaker.[12]

San Jose signed Wondolowski to a new contract in February 2012.[13] Terms were undisclosed.

Wondolowski was elected to the 2012 MLS All-Star Game versus Chelsea. He was defended by John Terry, and managed to score in the 21st minute. NBC Sports Network aired an episode of MLS 36 following Wondolowski for 36 hours through his arrival in Philadelphia for the All-Star festivities and the game itself. It shows Terry personally complimenting Wondolowski at halftime on his movement, adding that it was a "nightmare" to cover him. On October 6, 2012, Wondolowski became the San Jose Earthquakes' all-time leading goal-scorer at Colorado Rapids, a night where he notched his fourth career hat-trick. That season he also matched Roy Lassiter's MLS record of 27 goals in a season. The conclusion of the regular season also saw Wondolowski become the first and only MLS player so far to win the Player of the Month award four times in a single season, for his performances during the months of April, June, September, and October.[14]

Wondolowski's high scoring rate fell a bit in 2013 with the striker scoring only 13 goals in all competitions, the lowest total since arriving in San Jose in 2009. The low total may have been partially due to the fact that he played the majority of 2013 with a broken foot.[15]

On August 24, 2014, Wondolowski became only the 3rd MLS player to ever score double digit goal totals for five seasons in a row, following the lead of Carlos Ruiz and Juan Pablo Angel.[16] Wondolowski finished the season with 14 goals, leading the San Jose Earthquakes for the fifth consecutive season.[17]

International[edit]

Following his successful stint with the Earthquakes during the 2010 season which included winning the 2010 MLS Golden Boot, Wondolowski was called up to Winter Training Camp with the United States men's national soccer team. At the conclusion of the three-week camp, his first cap with the national team came in a January 22, 2011 friendly against Chile at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.

On May 23, 2011, Wondolowski was named to the United States roster for the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup competition.

In 2012, Wondolowski was called into the United States' initial 27-man roster for a series of three friendlies and the first two World Cup qualifiers for the US. Wondolowski made the 23-man roster but only appeared once as a sub in a friendly 0–0 draw against Canada.

On July 5, 2013, Wondolowski scored his first international goal in a match against Guatemala at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California, and four days later, wearing a jersey on which his name was spelled "Wondowlowski", he scored a hat-trick in the first half against Belize at Jeld-Wen Field in Portland, Oregon. He continued his scoring run with a brace against Cuba at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. On February 1, 2014, Wondolowski added two more goals to his tally, by scoring a brace against South Korea at StubHub Center in Carson, California.

Since the Gold Cup, Wondolowski plays with an extra 'W' on the inside of his shirt when on National Team duty. This happened after scoring a hat-trick against Belize while having an extra W on his shirt by mistake.

2014 FIFA World Cup[edit]

On May 22, 2014, it was announced that Chris Wondolowski had been selected to be one of the final 23 players chosen for the 2014 FIFA World Cup to represent the United States of America.[18]

On June 22, 2014, Wondolowski came in as a substitute for Clint Dempsey in the 87th minute during the Group G game against Portugal. On July 1 he came in as a substitute for Graham Zusi in the 72nd minute in the Group of 16 elimination game against Belgium. In the final minutes of regular time in what was then a 0 - 0 game,[19] Wondolowski failed to direct his shot on the net from just yards out and Belgium won in extended time. "I'm gutted to have let down everyone but especially my teammates," said Wondolowski about the missed opportunity.[20]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
01. 5 July 2013 Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, United States  Guatemala 3–0 6–0 Friendly
02. 9 July 2013 Jeld-Wen Field, Portland, United States  Belize 1–0 6–1 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
03. 2–0
04. 3–1
05. 13 July 2013 Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, United States  Cuba 3–1 4-1 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
06. 4–1
07. 1 February 2014 StubHub Center, Carson, United States  South Korea 1–0 2-0 Friendly
08. 2–0
09. 2 April 2014 University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, United States  Mexico 2–0 2-2 Friendly

International appearances[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 22 January 2011 The Home Depot Center, Los Angeles, United States  Chile 1–1 Draw Friendly
2. 4 June 2011 Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, United States  Spain 0–4 Loss Friendly
3. 7 June 2011 Ford Field, Detroit, United States  Canada 2–0 Win 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup
4. 11 June 2011 Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, United States  Panama 1–2 Loss 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup
5. 14 June 2011 Livestrong Sporting Park, Kansas City, United States  Guadeloupe 1–0 Win 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup
6. 21 January 2012 University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, United States  Venezuela 1–0 Win Friendly
7. 25 January 2012 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama  Panama 1–0 Win Friendly
8. 3 June 2012 BMO Field, Toronto, Canada  Canada 0–0 Draw Friendly
9. 29 January 2013 BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, United States  Canada 0–0 Draw Friendly
10. 5 July 2013 Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, United States  Guatemala 6–0 Win Friendly
11. 9 July 2013 Jeld-Wen Field, Portland, United States  Belize 6–1 Win 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
12. 13 July 2013 Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, United States  Cuba 4–1 Win 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
13. 16 July 2013 Rentschler Field, East Hartford, United States  Costa Rica 1–0 Win 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
14. 21 July 2013 M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, United States  El Salvador 5–1 Win 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
15. 24 July 2013 AT&T Stadium, Arlington, United States  Honduras 3–1 Win 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
16. 15 November 2013 Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland  Scotland 0–0 Draw Friendly
17. 19 November 2013 Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria  Austria 0–1 Loss Friendly
18. 1 February 2014 StubHub Center, Carson, California  South Korea 2–0 Win Friendly
19. 2 April 2014 University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona  Mexico 2–2 Draw Friendly
20. 27 May 2014 Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California  Azerbaijan 2–0 Win Friendly
21. 7 June 2014 EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida  Nigeria 2–1 Win Friendly
22. 22 June 2014 Arena Amazônia, Manaus, Brazil  Portugal 2–2 Draw 2014 FIFA World Cup
23. 1 July 2014 Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador, Brazil  Belgium 1–2 Loss 2014 FIFA World Cup
24. 12 October 2014 Rentschler Field, East Hartford, Connecticut  Ecuador 1–1 Draw Friendly
Last updated October 12, 2014[21]

Other Accomplishments[edit]

In 2013 Wondolowski was named to the Division II 40th Anniversary Tribute Team, honoring his time spent at Chico State.[22]

Personal[edit]

Chris is the brother of fellow professional soccer player Stephen Wondolowski. He is of half Native American descent through his mother (Janis Hoyt) who was born into the Kiowa tribe from Oklahoma, of which Chris himself is also a member.[23] His tribal name Bau Daigh, pronounced Bowe Dye, means warrior coming over the hill.[24] His paternal grandfather arrived in the United States at the age of seven with his family that originated from Warsaw, Poland.[25] He married his wife Lindsey in 2009,[26] and their daughter Emersyn was born on December 23, 2013.[27]

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League MLS Cup Playoffs U.S. Open Cup SuperLiga Champions League Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
San Jose Earthquakes 2005 2 0 0 0 1 0 - - - - 3 0
Houston Dynamo 2006 6 1 0 0 3 1 - - - - 9 2
2007 16 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 3 1 21 2
2008 8 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 6 2 16 2
2009 7 2 - - 0 0 - - 0 0 7 2
San Jose Earthquakes 2009 14 3 - - 0 0 - - - - 14 3
2010 28 18 3 1 1 0 - - - - 32 19
2011 30 16 - - 2 0 - - - - 32 16
2012 32 27 2 0 1 0 - - - - 35 27
2013 29 11 - - 1 0 - - 5 2 35 13
2014 20 13 - - - - - - - - 20 13
Career total 195 92 5 1 10 1 3 0 14 5 217 99

Statistics accurate through September 14, 2014

Honors[edit]

Club[edit]

Houston Dynamo
San Jose Earthquakes

International[edit]

United States

Individual[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 11 June 2014. p. 32. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Creditor, Avi. "MLS mid-season Awards....and some second-half questions". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  3. ^ http://socceroutsider.com/c/national-premier-soccer-league/2004/
  4. ^ "Dynamo 2, Chicago Fire 2". Houston Dynamo. August 30, 2006. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Chris Wondolowski". MLSSoccer.com. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Dynamo make early exit again". Houston Dynamo. July 1, 2010. Retrieved September 28, 2014. 
  7. ^ BERNARDO FALLAS, Copyright 2009 Houston Chronicle (2009-06-09). "Dynamo send Wondolowski to Earthquakes". Chron.com. Retrieved 2011-11-04. 
  8. ^ Wondolowski 2010 MLS Golden Boot[dead link]
  9. ^ "MLS Golden Boot winner Chris Wondolowski defies the odds". USA Today. 2010-10-26. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  10. ^ Henn, George (November 4, 2010). "San Jose Earthquakes eliminate Red Bulls from MLS playoffs with 3-1 upset victory at Red Bull Arena". NY Daily News. Retrieved October 2, 2014. 
  11. ^ Brownlee, Jay (2010-01-02). "San Jose Earthquakes 2 vs FC Dallas 0 – 3RD Degree – FC Dallas Blog – ESPN Dallas". Espn.go.com. Retrieved 2011-11-04. 
  12. ^ "United's De Rosario wins first Golden Boot of his career". MLSsoccer.com. October 23, 2011. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  13. ^ http://www.sjearthquakes.com/news/2012/02/Wondolowski-inks-new-contract-earthquakes
  14. ^ Doyle, Matthew (November 5, 2012). "Wondolowski voted Player of the Month for October". MLSSoccer.com. Retrieved October 1, 2014. 
  15. ^ Almond, Elliot (October 26, 2013). "San Jose Earthquakes beat FC Dallas 2-1 in their final MLS game of the season". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved October 1, 2014. 
  16. ^ Creditor, Avi (August 25, 2014). "Chris Wondolowski joins rare MLS company with latest scoring feat". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved October 1, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Earthquakes announce 2014 Club Award Winners". SJEarthquakes.com. October 23, 2014. Retrieved 2014-10-26. 
  18. ^ http://www.mercurynews.com/sports/ci_25817271/wondolowski-donovan-out-world-cup
  19. ^ http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/matches/round=255951/match=300186497/live-blog.html
  20. ^ Elliott Almond (July 1, 2014) World Cup: United States' Chris Wondolowski just misses dramatic goal against Belgium San Jose Mercury News
  21. ^ "US Men's National Team lineups". USSoccer.com. Retrieved 07-09-2013.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  22. ^ http://chicowildcats.com/news/2013/2/15/MSOC_0215133820.aspx?path=msoc
  23. ^ "The MNT Blog". U.S. Soccer. Retrieved 2011-11-04. 
  24. ^ Infographic: Chris Wondolowski, Kiowa Soccer Star at the World Cup - ICTMN.com
  25. ^ "Wondolowski chce grać dla Polski". sport.pl. Retrieved 2011-12-07. 
  26. ^ Almond, Elliott (2014-05-23). "Wondo-ful Life: Chris Wondolowski's fairytale adventure to the World Cup". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved 2014-10-28. 
  27. ^ Schwab, Matt (2014-02-11). "Earthquakes star Chris Wondolowski had enjoyable offseason". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved 2014-10-28. 

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