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San Jose’s Chris Wondolowski is MLS MVP

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Nov. 29, 2012 at 7:59 am with No Comments »
November 29, 2012 7:59 am

No surprise. Well deserved. Here’s the release from MLS:

Major League Soccer today announced that San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski was voted the Volkswagen MLS Most Valuable Player for the 2012 season.

Today at approximately 4 p.m. ET, Wondolowski will receive the award and be presented to media in the Los Angeles area covering MLS Cup 2012 at The Home Depot Center.

Wondolowski’s 27 goals this season tied the League’s all-time single-season goal record and won him a second Budweiser Golden Boot award. He also became the only player in MLS history to score the most regular season goals in three consecutive seasons. His consistency throughout the season earned him four MLS Player of the Month awards, a feat unrivaled through the sixteen MLS seasons.

The California native led the Earthquakes to their second Supporters’ Shield title in club history, just a year removed from finishing 14th overall in the League.

Since entering MLS in 2005, Wondolowski has recorded a total of 68 league goals, 64 of which came after moving from Houston to San Jose in the middle of the 2009 season. He ranks twentieth all-time in MLS goal scoring, two behind Cobi Jones.

The award was voted on by media, MLS players and MLS club management based on regular season performance. The other two finalists were Sporting Kansas City midfielder Graham Zusi and New York Red Bulls forward Thierry Henry.

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