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If there was a defining moment in Chris Wondolowski's season, it came on October 20 against Chivas USA at Buck Shaw Stadium.
It was supposed to be a night of rest for San Jose's leading scorer. The Wondo-ful One started the night on the bench, but was pressed into action in the 40th minute after teammate Cornell Glen strained his hamstring.
What happened next was shear brilliance. Over a 17-minute span in the second half, Wondo tallied three times to tie LA Galaxy's Edson Buddle atop the MLS scoring chart.
Three days later, San Jose's humble striker capped an improbable comeback, snatching the Golden Boot from Buddle with a late goal against Kansas City. However, it was the hat trick that many will remember.
If not for Wondolowski's 18 goals, nine of which were game winners, the Quakes would not have made the playoffs. It's that simple. Buddle and Ferreira might have finished higher in the MVP vote, but there's no player that meant more to his franchise than Chris Wondolowski.
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