Quakes' Wondolowski shows charitable spirit
SAN JOSE, Calif. – San Jose Earthquakes forward and 2012 Volkswagen MLS Most Valuable Player Chris Wondolowski will present a $5,400 check to Street Soccer USA on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at Everett Middle School in San Francisco. The event will start at 6 p.m. PT with Wondolowski serving as an honorary assistant coach for the squad of homeless soccer players.
As part of his One Goal at a Time campaign, Wondolowski donated $100 for each goal he scored in 2012 with a matching amount from the Earthquakes Community Fund. The campaign also generated public support with all donations totaling $17,631. Along with the check, Wondolowski will give T-shirts and a holiday gift to each Street Soccer USA participant.
The reigning league MVP tied an MLS record with 27 goals in 2012. He led the Earthquakes to their second Supporters’ Shield with a league-best 66 points from the squad’s 19-6-9 record. Wondolowski also recorded a career-high seven assists and broke the MLS record for game-winning goals in a season with 11.
Wondolowski is the first player in club history to win league MVP honors. In 2010, he was a finalist along with LA Galaxy forward Edson Buddle and eventual MVP David Ferreira of FC Dallas. The only other players in club history to be named a finalist for the award were Jeff Agoos in 2003 and Dwayne De Rosario in 2005.
Who: Chris Wondolowski, Street Soccer USA
What: Check Presentation
Where: Everett Middle School at 17th and Church in San Francisco
When: Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. PT
Details: Wondolowski will donate $5,400 to Street Soccer USA, a sport development program for the homeless.