Chris Wondolowski woke up this morning feeling like a king. By the end of the day, he would be wearing a crown. The 36-year-old San Jose Earthquakes striker scored all 4 goals for San Jose in a 4-1 victory against the Chicago Fire. With his second goal, he moved past Landon Donovan to stand along as the most prolific goal scorer in Major League Soccer history.
In the 21st minute, Wondo got the scoring started. Shea Salinas had the ball on the left side of the box, made a move towards the middle, and then found Wondo at the right edge of the 6-yard box. Wondo didn’t have to do anything but hammer it home for his 145th MLS goal, tying Donovan in the process.
Early in the second half, Chris Wondolowski decided it was time to make history, In the 48th minute, Fire goalkeeper David Ousted fumbled a cross into the box, the ball landing right at the feet of Wondolowski. Wondo punched it home, and history was made.
Wondo didn’t stop with making history, adding a third goal in the 74th minute. Christian Espinoza had the ball and was pressing forward, when he was tripped from behind by a Chicago Fire defender. Wondolowski, sensing the advantage play, pounced on the free ball and one-timed it into the upper left corner of the net to complete his hat trick.
Just two minutes later, the Earthquakes were pushing for another goal. Espinoza sent a shot that was saved on the right side by Ousted, but Jackson Yueill was there to control the rebound. After a few dribbles to control the ball and create some space, he cross the ball across the 6-yard box to Wondo, who was all alone about 8 yards out to punch it home into the left side of the net.
A late Aleksandar Katai goal was the only thing that went against Wondo and the Earthquakes on this day, a day that will go down in history. Congratulations to Chris Wondolowski on becoming the all-time MLS goal scoring king.