Stephen Wondolowski

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Stephen Wondolowski
Personal information
Full name Stephen Wondolowski
Date of birth (1985-08-13) August 13, 1985 (age 31)
Place of birth Danville, CA, United States
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
2004–2006 UC Santa Cruz
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 San Jose Frogs 3 (0)
2007–2008 Houston Dynamo 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 March 2008.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 March 2008

Stephen Wondolowski (Polish pronunciation: [vɔndɔˈwɔfski]; born August 13, 1985 in Danville, California) is a former American soccer defender.

Career[edit]

High school[edit]

He played high school soccer at De La Salle High School in Concord, California, where he helped his team earn a North Coast section title in 2003.[1] He was selected for All-Bay Valley League awards in 2002-2003 and All-East Bay honors in 2003.

Wondolowski played his club soccer for Diablo Valley Soccer Club (DVSC) and the Danville Mustang Soccer Association.

College[edit]

Wondolowski was signed to a developmental contract in September 2007 after graduating from the University of California, Santa Cruz.[2] He enjoyed a standout career as a collegiate soccer player as both a central defender and as a forward. As a four-year starter, he helped lead his team to four consecutive NCAA playoff appearances, including a trip to the 2004 finals vs. Messiah College. Wondolowski earned NCAA Division III Final Four All-Tournament Team honors as a sophomore, as well as three straight D-III All-Independent Team selections (2004–2006).[3] After the fourth game of his senior season, Wondolowski moved to forward, where he responded with 17 goals scored and season-ending acknowledgement as the D-III All-Independent “Offensive Player of the Year.”[4]

Wondolowski’s all-around play was also key to the success of two other teams: the Salinas Valley Samba (2005) and the San Jose Frogs (2006) of the Men’s Premier Soccer League (MPSL).

Professional[edit]

Wondolowski made his full professional debut for Dynamo on 1 July 2008, in a US Open Cup third round game against Charleston Battery. [1] He was waived in March 2009.

Coaching[edit]

Stephen Wondolowski now coaches the youth teams of the San Jose Earthquakes.

Personal[edit]

Stephen is the brother of fellow professional soccer player Chris Wondolowski, who plays for the San Jose Earthquakes. He is of Kiowa and Polish descent.

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