A Danville native and former De La Salle star cemented his reputation as one of the most feared goalscorers in all of Major League Soccer. San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski has written his name in the record books as the all-time MLS goal scoring leader, doing so in dramatic fashion.
During Saturday’s match against the Chicago Fire, Wondolowski -- or “Wondo” as he is referred by friends and fans alike -- could not be stopped, scoring four goals on the way to his team's 4-1 victory. To cap off his victory, three days later Wondolowski was named the MLS Player of the Week for his stellar performance.
“Congratulations (Chris Wondolowski) on becoming the all-time leader in goals in MLS history! The personification of commitment and class, our new goal-scoring king is also the ultimate role model. Enjoy this moment, Wondo. You’ve earned it,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber posted on Twitter.
Since joining the league in 2005, Wondolowski has certainly left his mark and now has 148 career goals in regular season play, outpacing the previous record holder Landon Donovan by three goals.
Also a U.S. Men’s National Team veteran, Wondolowski tied the MLS record in the 21st minute of the Quakes' game, breaking the record 27 minutes later, according to officials from the MLS Communications department. He netted his fifth career hat trick with a goal from the center of the box in the 74th minute of play, and two minutes later became only the second player in the MLS to score four goals in a game since 2010.
“Every teammate I've had has influenced me someway!! From goal 1 to 148!!!! Thank you to the ones From Mustang to now! Also if you know Mr. Gattusso I'm talkin to you,” Wondolowski said on his Twitter account, referring to his time in the Danville Mustangs youth soccer program.
San Jose sits eighth in the Western Conference with a 4-6-2 overall record and 14 points on the board.
The Quakes will return to action on Sunday when traveling to face Toronto FC at BMO Field.