We all know that Chris Wondolowski is a goal-scorer, an all-around good guy and an aspiring rapper. But I don't think people totally understand exactly how vital his gluttonous goal-scoring romp has been to the San Jose Earthquakes.
Here's a look at the MLS all-time top-five list for game-winning goals:
- Jeff Cunningham – 40 in 365 games
- Landon Donovan – 35 in 295 games
- Ante Razov – 33 in 262 games
- Jason Kreis – 31 in 305 games
- Chris Wondolowski – 30 in 162 games
On average, the top four on the list have played in about 307 games apiece. Wondo has nearly half that number of appearances, and he didn't have a single game-winning goal in his first 45 career MLS games. That means The Human Goal Magnet has racked up 30 game winners in his last 117 games – roughly one every four games.
Looking deeper into the stats, you'll find that 30 of Wondogolowski's 71 goals in San Jose have been game winners. In fact, since arriving via midseason trade from the Houston Dynamo in 2009, he's has netted the winner in 30 of the Earthquakes' 53 victories.
Efficient. Clutch. The next American Idol. Vote Wondo for President of the United States come 2016.
Have you signed up for the Second Annual Earthquakes Challenge, presented by Stanford Hospital and Clinics?
Don't sweat it, (not until Sunday that is) you still have time to register for the race! The event features a 10k race, a 5k run/walk, and a 1k kids fun run, so the entire family can participate. It will take place this Sunday, August 18th starting at 8:00 AM at Santa Clara University. By registering, you will receive breakfast, a race T-shirt, as well as a game voucher for the home game against Sporting KC this Sunday! Helping a cause and getting some giveaways, that is definitely a great way to spend your Sunday.
Click here for more information and to sign up, but do not hesitate, registration closes on Friday.
Question: have you tried Wondo-ing today?
Thanks to this week's #WheresWondo contest, we have a new move for all of our fans to try.
The Wondo. Wondo-ing. Kinda like Tebowing but better.
Stay tuned for tomorrow's #WheresWondo clue for a chance to try out Wondo-ing yourself.
In the meantime, check out all of our entries so far. They're pretty hysterical.
— San Jose Earthquakes (@SJEarthquakes) August 13, 2013
Sporting Kansas City got all cute-like before the big match on Sunday; trying to ruffle our feathers a bit before they come into town.
Too bad it didn't work.
Easy math, people. 2 > 1. Also translated to... two MLS Cups are greater than one MLS Cup.
See ya on Sunday, Sporting. Maybe we'll save a Wondo Bobblehead for you.
— San Jose Earthquakes (@SJEarthquakes) August 10, 2013
It was a great weekend for a little competitive soccer at the San Jose Earthquakes 4v4 tournament presented by Wells Fargo at Alden E. Oliver Sports Park.
Each player received a ticket to a Quakes home game and an official tournament t-shirt. Quakes associate partners 7UP, Xfinity, Jamba Juice and SoccerEarKraze were in attendance with freebies for attendees. Tommy Muller and Mike Fucito were also on hand to sign autographs and hang out with fans.
The winning teams scored Visa gift cards courtesy of Wells Fargo and an Earthquakes scarf.
Boys U-9: Hayward Tecos Oro
Boys U-10: Deportivo Barcelona
Boys U-11: Leyends Honors
Boys U-13: Deportivo Barcelona
Boys U-14: Villa Pallet
Boys U-15: Lobos United FC
Girls U-12: Woodland Fire01 Black
Girls U-14: West Valley Revolution Red
Co-ed Open: Picazo
Mens Open: Azulita
Experience a Quakes home game like you never have before! Enter the State Farm San Jose Earthquakes Ticket Giveaway to win four field level tickets to the Quakes vs. Philadelphia Union game on Sept. 8 at Buck Shaw Stadium.
The lucky winner will be treated in the Pre-game VIP Hospitality Area with food and non-alcoholic drinks and will receive a parking pass.
How to enter:
Visit www.winwithstatefarm.com/earthquakes and complete the Sweepstakes entry form.
All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. PT on Aug. 21
The winner will be notified by e-mail.
You can be the lucky winner of a one-of-kind autographed USMNT Wondolowski jersey, with an extra W to boot.
No, you aren't dreaming.
This Monday to Friday, we're running a special contest on SJEarthquakes.com in honor of Wondo's upcoming Bobblehead Party when the Quakes face Sporting KC on Sunday.
Check SJEarthquakes.com and @SJEarthquakes on Twitter for clues daily. Wondo and Lil' Wondo's cutout will be hiding out in various areas around the Bay. Once you find them, snap a photo. Share the photo on Instagram/ Twitter with the hashtag #WheresWondo.
Cha-ching. You are automatically entered to win.
Make sure to play daily. The more times you find Wondo & Lil' Wondo = more entries in your name to win big.
Not only are you eligible to win the USMNT Wondowlowski jersey, but each day we're giving out prizes to our daily hunters. One photo of the day with #WheresWondo will win two tickets to Sunday's match vs. Sporting Kansas City.
So, what are you waiting for? Unleash your bobble and find Wondo.
Check out www.sjearthquakes.com/whereswondo for full details.
Great news for all out-of-state Quakes fans! San Jose's road match versus the Vancouver Whitecaps will be Major League Soccer's featured Stream of the Week.
The match, which kicks off at 4:30 p.m. PT on Saturday, can be viewed here.
If you're sticking around the Bay Area, you can still catch the game on CSNCA.
U.S. Soccer invited 64 elite players from across the country to participate in the National Combine, designed to build the U-18 Men's National Team pool.
Two current Earthquakes academy players were in the mix, including goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski from Alamo, Calif. and forward Amir Bashti from Cupertino, Calif. Marcinkowski, the Quakes U-16 Academy keeper, recently competed with the squad abroad in the Caspian Cup. Bashti, a midfielder also on the Quakes' U-16 Academy team, has been ranked nationally by Topdrawersoccer.com and led the team to the playoffs earlier this Summer.
The two will travel to Portland for this year's National Combine at Nike's World Headquarters. This five day camp, running from Aug. 9-13, brings the country's elite 15 to 17 year old players together. The combine is an opportunity for the nation's top palyers to be evaluated by National Team staff and scouts from across the country.
El Pollo Loco is hosting an online competition to guess the score of the August 31st Earthquakes game vs. LA Galaxy. You can enter to win the Grand Prize by simply submitting how many goals the Earthquakes will score, how many goals (if any) LA Galaxy will score and your personal information.
The Grand Prize Winner will receive Twelve 8-piece El Pollo Loco Family meals, 4 tickets to the Earthquakes September 8th home game, 4 pre-game VIP hospitality tickets, 4 pre-game field passes, post-game meet and greet for 4 people, and 1 team autographed jersey. There will also be a prize for the 10 Runners Up! Each individual will receive twelve 8-piece El Pollo Loco Family Meals.
The last day to submit is August 31st, at 7 pm, just in time for kick off! Click here for more details.