Wondolowski warming up at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup
|Full name||Christopher Elliott Wondolowski|
|Date of birth||January 28, 1983|
|Place of birth||Danville, California, United States|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Playing position||Striker, Center midfielder|
|San Jose Earthquakes|
|2001–2004||Chico State Wildcats|
|2005||San Jose Earthquakes||2||(0)|
|2009–||San Jose Earthquakes||186||(104)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 20, 2015.
Christopher Elliott "Chris" 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 as a forward or as a midfielder. Wondolowski was MLS's top goal scorer in the 2010 and 2012 seasons, also being named the Most Valuable Player of the latter season, and has become one of the top strikers in Major League Soccer.
A college soccer player for the Chico Rooks, he was drafted to the San Jose Earthquakes in 2005. The team became the Houston Dynamo the following season, and he played a part in their MLS Cup wins in 2006 and 2007 before returning to the re-established Earthquakes in 2009. With 109 goals in Major League Soccer, he is the fifth-highest scorer in the competition's history, and first-place among its active players.
- 1 Youth and college
- 2 Club career
- 3 International career
- 4 Personal life
- 5 Career statistics
- 6 Honors
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
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.
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.
San Jose Earthquakes (2005)
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)
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 August 30, 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. Wondolowski scored his first US Open Cup goal in a 3–0 victory against FC Dallas on August 23 of that same year. 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.
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)
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. The 18 regular season goals scored was the highest in the league, and made for Wondolowski to win his first MLS Golden Boot. 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 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. 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.
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. 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.
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.
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. Wondolowski finished the season with 14 goals, leading the San Jose Earthquakes for the fifth consecutive season.
On May 24, 2015, Wondolowski drew a penalty and scored his hundredth goal in MLS play. He became only the ninth player in MLS history to achieve this feat. Edson Buddle was the last person to do so.
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.
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
Chris Wondolowski was selected as one of the final 23 players chosen for the 2014 FIFA World Cup to represent the United States. 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, 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. In extra time Wondolowski nearly set up the game winner, but the chance was missed by fellow teammate Clint Dempsey.
|01.||July 5, 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|
|05.||13 July 2013||Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, United States||Cuba||3–1||4–1||2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|07.||1 February 2014||StubHub Center, Carson, United States||South Korea||1–0||2–0||Friendly|
|09.||April 2, 2014||University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, United States||Mexico||2–0||2–2||Friendly|
|10.||July 3, 2015||Nissan Stadium, Nashville, United States||Guatemala||4–0||4–0||Friendly|
|1.||January 22, 2011||The Home Depot Center, Los Angeles, United States||Chile||1–1||Draw||Friendly|
|2.||June 4, 2011||Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, United States||Spain||0–4||Loss||Friendly|
|3.||June 7, 2011||Ford Field, Detroit, United States||Canada||2–0||Win||2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|4.||June 11, 2011||Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, United States||Panama||1–2||Loss||2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|5.||June 14, 2011||Livestrong Sporting Park, Kansas City, United States||Guadeloupe||1–0||Win||2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|6.||January 21, 2012||University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, United States||Venezuela||1–0||Win||Friendly|
|7.||January 25, 2012||Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama||Panama||1–0||Win||Friendly|
|8.||June 3, 2012||BMO Field, Toronto, Canada||Canada||0–0||Draw||Friendly|
|9.||January 29, 2013||BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, United States||Canada||0–0||Draw||Friendly|
|10.||July 5, 2013||Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, United States||Guatemala||6–0||Win||Friendly|
|11.||July 9, 2013||Jeld-Wen Field, Portland, United States||Belize||6–1||Win||2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|12.||July 13, 2013||Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, United States||Cuba||4–1||Win||2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|13.||July 16, 2013||Rentschler Field, East Hartford, United States||Costa Rica||1–0||Win||2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|14.||July 21, 2013||M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, United States||El Salvador||5–1||Win||2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|15.||July 24, 2013||AT&T Stadium, Arlington, United States||Honduras||3–1||Win||2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|16.||November 15, 2013||Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland||Scotland||0–0||Draw||Friendly|
|17.||November 19, 2013||Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria||Austria||0–1||Loss||Friendly|
|18.||February 1, 2014||StubHub Center, Carson, California||South Korea||2–0||Win||Friendly|
|19.||April 2, 2014||University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona||Mexico||2–2||Draw||Friendly|
|20.||May 27, 2014||Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California||Azerbaijan||2–0||Win||Friendly|
|21.||June 7, 2014||EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida||Nigeria||2–1||Win||Friendly|
|22.||June 22, 2014||Arena Amazônia, Manaus, Brazil||Portugal||2–2||Draw||2014 FIFA World Cup|
|23.||July 1, 2014||Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador, Brazil||Belgium||1–2||Loss||2014 FIFA World Cup|
|24.||October 12, 2014||Rentschler Field, East Hartford, Connecticut||Ecuador||1–1||Draw||Friendly|
|25.||November 18, 2014||Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland||Republic of Ireland||1–4||Loss||Friendly|
|26.||January 28, 2015||Estadio El Teniente, Rancagua, Chile||Chile||2–3||Loss||Friendly|
|27.||February 8, 2015||StubHub Center, Los Angeles, California||Panama||2–0||Win||Friendly|
|28.||July 3, 2015||Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee||Guatemala||4–0||Win||Friendly|
|29.||July 7, 2015||Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas, United States||Honduras||2–1||Win||2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|30.||July 13, 2015||Sporting Park, Kansas City, Missouri, United States||Panama||1–1||Draw||2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|31.||July 25, 2015||PPL Park, Chester, Pennsylvania, United States||Panama||1–1 (2–3)||Loss (PKs)||2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|Last updated July 25, 2015|
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. His tribal name Bau Daigh, pronounced "Bowe Dye", means "warrior coming over the hill". His paternal grandfather arrived in the United States at the age of seven with his family that originated from Warsaw, Poland. He married his wife Lindsey in 2009, and their daughter Emersyn was born on December 23, 2013.
|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 through September 20, 2015
- Houston Dynamo
- San Jose Earthquakes
- MLS Golden Boot (2): 2010, 2012
- MLS Best XI (3): 2010, 2011, 2012
- Major League Soccer MVP (1): 2012
- San Jose Earthquakes: All Time Leading Goalscorer
- CONCACAF Gold Cup Top Goalscorer (1): 2013
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- Eldricht Almond (July 2, 2015) Clint Dempsey misses goal on great play in extra time 
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