Wondolowski is Mr. October in MLS
NEW YORK -- It has been an October to remember for San Jose Earthquakes
forward Chris Wondolowski.
His six goals in the final month of the MLS regular season
helped the Quakes clinch a playoff berth, they earned him the MLS Golden Boot
and on Wednesday they made him October Player of the Month as voted on by the North
American Soccer Reporters (NASR).
Wondolowski scored all six of his team’s goals in October
and earned two Player of the Week honors for his efforts. The run started with
a 2-0 road win at D.C. United, where Wondo’s brace allowed the Quakes to clinch
a postseason berth for the first time since the club was reborn three years ago.
He did one better on Oct. 20 at home against Chivas USA, as
his hat trick in a 3-0 win catapulted him to a share of the league’s scoring
lead alongside Edson Buddle.
Three days later, Wondolowski netted what turned out to be an
insignificant goal in a 4-1 loss at Kansas City, but it was enough to give him the
lead for good in the chase for the MLS Golden Boot with 18 goals.
The local boy done good story will continue this Saturday
night as the Earthquakes welcome Rafa Márquez and the New York Red Bulls for
the first leg of their first-round playoff series (10 p.m. ET, TeleFutura).
2010 MLS Player of the Month Winners
May: Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake)
June: Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
September: Omar Cummings (Colorado Rapids)
October: Chris Wondolowski (SJ Earthquakes)
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