Wondolowski with the Earthquakes in August 2010
|Full name||Christopher Elliott Wondolowski|
|Date of birth||January 28, 1983|
|Place of birth||Danville, California, United States|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Current club||San Jose Earthquakes|
|2001–2004||Chico State Wildcats|
|2005||San Jose Earthquakes||2||(0)|
|2009–||San Jose Earthquakes||120||(69)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of June 17, 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Christopher Elliott Wondolowski (born January 28, 1983) is an American soccer player who currently plays for San Jose Earthquakes in Major League Soccer and the United States national team. Wondolowski is MLS's top goal scorer in the 2012 season and has become one of the top strikers in Major League Soccer. He is known by the nickname "Wondo" and his ability to put himself into scoring positions. Wondowlowski has been described as being in the "perfect position to score goals"
Youth and College
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.
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.
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.
In 2007, Wondolowski scored against Pachuca in the semifinal round of the CONCACAF Champions' Cup, although Houston was eliminated in the second leg. He scored his second career MLS goal – a tap-in against Chicago – on July 12, 2007, and 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.
Wondolowski was traded to the San Jose Earthquakes in exchange for Cam Weaver in June 2009. 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. 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.
Wondolowski’s first brace of 2011 started in the fifth minute of play against F.C. 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. He finished the season with 16 goals.
San Jose signed Wondolowski to a new contract in February 2012. Terms were undisclosed.
Wondolowski was elected to the 2012 MLS All-Star Game versus Chelsea F.C.. 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 and, as of October 27, tied with Roy Lassiter's single-season goals record of 27. He also holds the club's single-season goals record with 27.
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.
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.
Wondolowski was a stand-out middle distance runner while at De La Salle: he earned his way to the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) State track meet in both his Junior and Senior years. His accomplishments caught the attention and interest of several track schools, including UCLA: Chris' recorded bests were 1:57 in the 800 and 4:15 in the 1600 during his senior season. Chris was also an outstanding middle infielder throughout his youth baseball career. The highlight was starting at second base for the Danville Rockies baseball team, a club that went on to capture the 1997 PONY League (13–14 yr. old) World Series Championship He was eventually persuaded to give up baseball after completing his JV Baseball season to try his hand at distance running. The DLS track coach "discovered" Chris after he recorded a time of 10:20 for a two-mile "fitness run" that was administered to all of the varsity soccer players. In 2013 Wondolowski was named to the Division II 40th Anniversary Tribute Team, honoring his time spent at Chico State. 
Chris is the brother of fellow professional soccer player Stephen Wondolowski. He is half-Native American through his mother who was born into the Kiowa tribe, of which Chris himself is also a member. His paternal grandfather arrived to the United States in the age of seven with family and originated from Warsaw, Poland.
|Club||Season||League||MLS Cup Playoffs||U.S. Open Cup||SuperLiga||Champions League||Total|
|San Jose Earthquakes||2005||2||0||0||0||1||0||-||-||-||-||3||0|
|San Jose Earthquakes||2009||14||3||-||-||0||0||-||-||-||-||14||3|
Statistics accurate as of match played November 7, 2012
- Houston Dynamo
- MLS Golden Boot (2): 2010, (lost tiebreaker in 2011), 2012
- MLS Best XI (3): 2010, 2011, 2012
- Major League Soccer MVP: 2012
- San Jose Earthquakes: All Time Leading Goalscorer
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- Wondolowski 2010 MLS Golden Boot[dead link]
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- "The MNT Blog". U.S. Soccer. Retrieved 2011-11-04.
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- MLS player profile
- Athlete Chat: MLS Players Chris & Stephen Wondolowski
- Chris Wondolowski at National-Football-Teams.com