Chris Wondolowski

Earthquakes sign MLS goal king Chris Wondolowski to new contract


Earthquakes sign MLS goal king Chris Wondolowski to new contract

The Earthquakes will remain home to one of their own.

The team announced Tuesday that it had signed Chris Wondolowski to a new contract. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

"I'm very excited to be back for one more year," Wondolowski said in a statement released by the team. "Knowing how much fun it is in the locker room, the team unity that we have and where this team is going, I wanted to be a part of it. I love this game. I love going out to practice. We're a family. Even right now, it's nice to have a couple days off, but I'm ready to get started again.

"When I do decide to step away from the game, my goal is to remain a part of the Earthquakes organization and help the team any way I can."

The 36-year-old Danville native holds nearly every MLS scoring record, with most career goals (159), goals for one club (155), game-winning goals (44) and consecutive seasons with 10-plus goals (10).

Wondolowski's 15 team-best goals this past season was tied for fifth most in MLS and were the most by an American-born player in 2019.

Wondolowski was selected by the Earthquakes in the fourth round of the 2005 Supplement Draft, and he moved to Houston as part of the team's relocation in 2006. That year, the Houston Dynamo won the MLS Cup championship, then repeated in 2007.

Wondolowski returned to San Jose in 2009 as part of a player swap for Cam Weaver. It's considered one of the most successful trades in league history, and you see why when you glance at Wondolowski's numbers.

"It's impossible to fully explain all the ways Chris is devoted to this club," Earthquakes general manager Jesse Fioranelli said in the team-issued statement. "He truly embraces a bigger cause, well beyond the goals he scores and the records he breaks. Wondo has an unparalleled love for the game and the Quakes organization as a whole, and this is a great day for our fans and our club."

Watch Chris Wondolowski go wild in stands after Earthquakes score goal

Watch Chris Wondolowski go wild in stands after Earthquakes score goal

Chris Wondolowski couldn't suit up in one of the Earthquakes' biggest matches of the season, but he still could celebrate in the stands. 

Wondolowski sat out Wednesday's 2-1 loss to the Philadelphia Union at Avaya Stadium after picking up a red card in last week's defeat to Atlanta United. The Quakes star promised Tuesday on Twitter to sit with the San Jose Ultras supporters group during the match, and more than made good on that promise when the Quakes took a 1-0 lead in Wednesday's first half. 

MLS' all-time goal-scoring leader fit right in, ripping off his shirt after Jackson Yueill gave San Jose the lead in the 35th minute.

The Earthquakes entered Wednesday in possession of the seventh and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, but the fourth consecutive loss dropped them to eighth, one point behind FC Dallas and the Portland Timbers, with two games to play. 

Getting back to the playoffs and setting an MLS record would make Wondolowski's 15th season in the league plenty memorable. But Wednesday's epic celebration is the stuff of legend. 

Chris Wondolowski breaks Landon Donovan's MLS record for career goals


Chris Wondolowski breaks Landon Donovan's MLS record for career goals

There's a new MLS goals king, and his name is Chris Wondolowski.

The San Jose Earthquakes star scored his 146th career goal Saturday, passing Landon Donovan for the league's all-time record, in a 4-1 win over the Chicago Fire.

Wondolowski reached the mark in 338 MLS appearances, two fewer than Donovan's 340.

Wondolowski tapped in the record-breaking goal with his left foot as the Fire's goalie dropped the ball, and the Earthquakes took a 2-0 lead in the 48th minute.

The record came on Wondolowski's second goal of the day and also his second of the season, but he wasn't done. He added goals in the 74th and 76th minutes, giving him four in the game and extending the record to 148.

Donovan sent his congratulations to Wondolowski shortly after the game.

Wondolowski tied Donovan's mark of 145 career goals in the 21st minute to give the Earthquakes a 1-0 lead over the Fire.

Wondolowski, a Danville, Calif., native, starred at Chico State before San Jose selected him No. 41 overall in the 2005 MLS Supplemental Draft. He was named MLS MVP in 2012, and is a four-time All-Star. 

Wondolowski also has appeared in 35 games for Team USA and scored 11 goals.