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The San Jose Earthquakes announced today that the club has signed forward Chris Wondolowski to a new contract, making the Danville native the second Designated Player in club history. Per league and team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.
Wondolowski, 30, is the reigning Volkswagen MLS Most Valuable Player after tying the league record for goals in a season with 27 in 2012. He has led the league in goals for three consecutive years, earning three MLS Best XI selections in the process. The two-time MLS All-Star is also the all-time league leader in goals per 90 minutes among players with at least 100 appearances with a 0.64 clip.
Following breakout campaigns in 2010 and 2011, Wondolowski compiled one of the best seasons ever by an MLS player in 2012 and was rewarded with the Volkswagen MLS MVP. He also took home the Budweiser Golden Boot and was an MLS Best XI selection. Wondolowski scored 27 goals and more than doubled his career high in assists with seven to lead his club to their second Supporters’ Shield trophy. His goal total tied an MLS mark that has stood since the league’s inaugural season in 1996. He also broke the MLS record for game-winning goals with 11, two more than the previous mark held by himself and LA’s Carlos Ruiz.
“This is a tremendous honor,” Wondolowski said. “I want to thank John Doyle and our ownership group for getting this deal done. As my hometown team, I couldn’t be more excited to sign a Designated Player contract with the Earthquakes. These last few years have been amazing and I look forward to continuing my career in San Jose.”
Wondolowski began his career with the Earthquakes in 2005 after being selected in the fourth round (No. 41 overall) of that year’s MLS Supplemental Draft. He led San Jose in Reserve League goals that first season, but made just two appearances with the first team. Wondolowski stuck with the club after its move to Houston in 2006, scoring four goals in 37 appearances during his four seasons in Texas.
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