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ProSoccerTalk Player of the Week: Chris Wondolowski

DC United v San Jose Earthquakes

SANTA CLARA, CA - MAY 02: Chris Wondolowski #8 of the San Jose Earthquakes celebrates after he scored in the first half of their game against the D.C. United at Buck Shaw Stadium on May 2, 2012 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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Is it time yet?

I mean, we certainly don’t want do the “J-I-N-X” thing at ProSoccerTalk. No way.

Then again, that’s what we do. Talk about pro soccer, that is.

So … uh … well, here goes …

How many goal might Chris Wondolowski turn up this year? The man really is on stunning, record-setting pace.

Wonder Wondo hit for three more in a busy Round 9. He opened things last Wednesday with a pair, as the Earthquakes served attacking notice by pushing five past the Eastern Conference leaders D.C. United. Those were Nos. 9 and 10 for the year.

On Saturday, Vancouver’s defense forgot, apparently, who is leading Major League Soccer on this record-setting pace, leaving the Earthquakes’ main man alone at the far post to slam home No. 11.

So here we are, at No. 11 through 10 matches. That leaves 24 contests, and Wondolowski would need to fall way off form to avoid setting some marks.

I’d wager a vintage San Jose Clash t-shirt that Wondolowski will be the league’s first 20-goal scorer since Landon Donovan in 2008. If he goes anywhere north of there, the Earthquake’s marksman will guarantee himself no worse than seventh in terms of all-time best goal-scoring seasons in MLS.

Past that … well, let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves here.

This much we do know, with 100 percent certainty: Wonder Wondo has done enough to claim ProSoccerTalk’s Player of the Week award for Round 9.

Past ProSoccerTalk Players of the Week


  • Round 1: Kalif Alhassan, Portland
  • Round 2: David Estrada, Seattle
  • Round 3: Thierry Henry, New York
  • Round 4: Thierry Henry, New York
  • Round 5: Kenny Cooper, New York
  • Round 6: Aurelien Collin, Sporting Kansas City
  • Round 7: D.C. United’s Chris Pontius
  • Round 8: New York’s Dax McCarty
  • Round 9: San Jose’s Chris Wondolowski