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Worry over Wondo? Nah – history suggest scoreless skid won’t last

Eric Alexander, Chris Wondolowski

Portland Timbers midfielder Eric Alexander, left, plays tight defense on San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski during the second half of their MLS soccer game Tuesday, July 3, 2012, in Portland, Ore. Portland won 2-1.(AP Photo/Don Ryan)

AP’s Claudia Tristán has done some swell digging, winnowing out some revealing numbers regarding MLS leading scorer Chris Wondolowski.

Like most strikers, “Wonder Wondo” is streaky. But unlike so many of them, the stretches where he’s cold as a San Francisco summer night don’t tend to slog along so interminably.

Wondolowski, the two-time MLS scoring champ who once again leads the field, has not found goal in three matches; his last hit was July 14 (when he hat tricked against Real Salt Lake). But history suggests that he won’t languish long in the “no-goal zone.”

In the time of Wondo (defined as the period beginning in 2010, when the scoring star was finally awarded a starting role), his longest scoreless stretch has been seven matches. Otherwise, he’s suffered just one dry spell of longer than four matches.

Considering the service around him and the general potency seen all year in the Western Conference leaders, and considering that two of the Earthquakes next three matches look like potential “Ws,” I’d be willing to wager a Wondo bobblehead that he won’t be shut down very much longer.

Check out the link above for the run-down of Wondolowski’s brief scoreless stretches.