Golden Boot: Wondo scores again, takes the lead

LA's Buddle loses goal-scoring lead for the first time all season

If, at the start of the season, anyone had guessed that San Jose Earthquakes striker Chris Wondolowski would pass Edson Buddle for the lead in the Golden Boot race on the final weekend, he’d have been laughed at.

And then, maybe, he would’ve been asked who Chris Wondolowski is.

No more. Wondo is a phenomenon in San Jose and beyond.

His goal in the Quakes’ 4-1 loss to Kansas City on Saturday night was his 18th of the season, one more than Buddle, who has been at the top of the scoring chart all season long. Wondolowski is even in the conversation for MVP.

Wondolowski pulls one back for San Jose

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Not that the Golden Boot race is over.

Buddle has one more chance to regain his lead when he and the LA Galaxy play their final game of the season, against FC Dallas, on Sunday night at the Home Depot Center. And Buddle has said he is very focused on winning the Golden Boot.

Plus, the Galaxy need a victory to win the Supporters’ Shield.

It all comes down to Sunday night at the HDC: The Supporters’ Shield, the Western Conference title, and the Golden Boot.