Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski has become known for scoring goals – well, maybe that’s a slight understatement. He has 123 career goals in MLS, 116 of which have come since 2010.
While 2017 hasn’t seen Wondolowski pile up goals left and right, at least not yet, his intelligence and team-first mentality have resulted in assists at a record clip for the 13-year veteran. His four assists have already equaled the second highest total of his career (2014) and are just three shy of his career-high seven back in 2012. That season, Wondolowski didn’t tally his fourth assist until July 14. He got his fourth this season on April 29. His current pace would total eight goals and 15 assists over a 34-game span. Only Sebastian Giovinco and Sacha Klejstan had 15 or more assists last season.
What’s more, there are five total players in Major League Soccer with at least two goals and four assists so far in 2017: Miguel Almiron, Federico Higuain, Nicolas Lodeiro, Diego Valeri and… Chris Wondolowski.
This weekend’s opponent, Portland, has surrendered eight goals to the Danville, Calif. native, although he is yet to tally an assist against them. Perhaps Saturday will be the first.