Chris Wondolowski isn't the only Quake to earn praise for a noteworthy performance in Week 23. Victor Bernardez and Clarence Goodson are both nominated for top defender of the week for their solid performances in Saturday's 2-0 victory over Chivas USA.
Bernardez and Goodson both anchored a back line that kept a clean sheet against the attacking-style Chivas USA.
Be sure to vote for the duo here.
In just his first week back following a whirlwind month with the U.S. Men's National Team, 2013 MLS All-Star Chris Wondolowski is already making headlines with his two-goal performance that led the Quakes to a shutout victory over Chivas USA last Saturday.
Wondo's brace put him amongst Major League Soccer's Top 3 Performers of the Week. Check out highlights from his superb performance here:
— San Jose Earthquakes (@SJEarthquakes) August 4, 2013
Since Chris Wondolowski sported his misspelled jersey on the Men’s National Team and scored a hat trick, he has been superstitious about carrying around that extra W for every game.
So of course, Quakes equipment manager Jose Vega surprised Wondo with an extra W on his kit when he returned to Buck Shaw. Superstitious it may be, but we do not doubt it.
Wondo led the quakes to victory over the Chivas by scoring the two goals of the game. Needless to say, ff it is working for him, we do not mind supplying as many extra W’s as he wants.
It was Shelby Humphrey’s birthday wish to attend a Quakes home game to see her favorite player, Chris Wondolowski.
To make this happen, she saved her allowance and any extra funds she could find since March of this year, naming it the “Wondo Fund.” Shelby ended up collecting the funds needed to purchase a ticket for her and was able to celebrate her special day with the Quakes at Buck Shaw Stadium. Shelby’s friend wrote a poem for her about her favorite Wondo.
It was a night to remember - not only was she able to see her favorite team dominate on the field, but after the game, Wondo signed the poem and posed for a photo.
Happy birthday, Shelby!
For Chris Wondolowski’s big return back to Buck Shaw Stadium after his world travels, he was not only welcomed home with open arms by fans, but also by his family. This was the first time that Wondolowski’s grandfather has seen him play at home in Santa Clara.
This was a special moment for both of them because his grandfather, who flew in from Oklahoma, was in attendance to see Wondo’s two goals for the 2-0 win over Chivas USA.
Enjoying watching the @RAIDERS training camp right now. They are putting in the work and looking sharp.
— Chris Wondolowski (@ChrisWondo) August 4, 2013
Gold Cup ----> MLS All-Star ----> Buck Shaw ---> Oakland Raiders training camp?
Wondo's been a busy guy lately, but that didn't keep him from stop by the Raiders' training camp in Napa on Sunday.
He even got to hang out with kicker Sebastian Janikowski after training.
— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) August 4, 2013
Fans pack Buck Shaw to see Wondo's return, Goodson and Alas' debuts and the Quakes victory over Chivas USA.
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Remember tomorrow's kickoff for Quakes vs. Chivas USA is at 7 p.m. PT. Arrive early to snag your swag.
Two worlds collided when ultimate Quakes fan Kate McDougall made the pilgrimage to the Goonies House in Astoria, Ore. The house is the set of the 1985 cult-classic film and holds a special place in the hearts of Quakes' fans.
McDougall threw up her Earthquakes scarf for the photo op. Thanks for sharing, Kate!
Chris Wondolowski has had a busy summer representing the National Team, being named to the 2013 MLS All-Stars and leading the San Jose Earthquakes in goals.
On Wednesday night in Kansas City, Wondo suited up for the 2013 MLS All-Star Game, appearing as a halftime substitution. Although the All-Stars went on to fall 3-0 to AS Roma, Wondo left an impression on All-Star coach Peter Vermes. Vermes had this to say on Wondolowski and fellow All-Star Landon Donovan:
“I thought both those guys did well. Landon is a world class player that does so many things on the field that I don’t think people realize that gets taken for granted. And Wondo, we had to play him a little bit out of position a little bit. He likes to play closer to goal, but we had him wide at times. They did a hell of a job.”
Wondolowski has appeared in three consecutive MLS All-Star Games.