San Jose Earthquakes’ forward Chris Wondolowski was named the MVP of MLS today by a landslide, becoming the first Earthquake to win the award.
Wondolowski received 91 percent of the club vote, 96 percent of the media vote, and 70 percent of the player vote for a weighted total of 259.03. The next closest candidate, Theirry Henry of the New York Red Bulls, had a total of 14.93.
2012 was simply a phenomenal year for “Wondo,” who scored 27 goals, tying the record for most goals in a season. He also became the first player to score 60 goals over three seasons, and the first to lead the league in scoring for three consecutive seasons.
It is hard to imagine that the 29-year old was not even recruited to play Division 1 soccer. He was the 41st overall pick in the 2005 Supplemental Draft of the Earthquakes, and played in just two matches in his first season.
He then moved to Houston along with the then-Earthquakes’ franchise, and never scored more than two goals in a season until 2009.
That all changed when he was traded back to San Jose to play for the current Earthquakes’ franchise in 2009. The following year, he had a breakout season when he notched 18 goals for the Quakes. He proved he was not a fluke, scoring 16 goals in 2010, and 27 this season.
And as we sit here today, the former MLS journeyman is now officially the best player in the league.