San Jose Earthquakes strike Chris Wondolowski picked up his third MLS Player of the Week honor after leading the team to a draw and a victory on the week with three goals against Portland and Seattle.
Trailing the Portland Timbers by two goals, Wondolowski came off the bench in the second half and rallied the Earthquakes to a stunning 2-2 draw Wednesday, finding the back of the net in the 73rd minute and delivering the equalizer in the second minute of stoppage time.
On Saturday, the league’s leading scorer with 22 goals, tallied the game-winner in Seattle with the two clubs even at one apiece in the 30th minute. He Is now just five away from Roy Lassiter’s single-season record of 27 set in the league’s inaugural season in 1996.
Wondolowski was the overwhelming choice with 12 of the 19 votes cast this week. Chris Rolfe of the Chicago Fire received four votes with Philadelphia’s Freddy Adu picking up two and LA’s Juninho one.
The Major League Soccer Player of the Week is selected each week of the MLS regular season by a panel of journalists from The North American Soccer Reporters (NASR). The group consists of members of print, television, radio and online media. More details and membership information can be found at www.soccerreporters.com.
How They Voted:
|Voter||POTW Choice||Second Choice|
|Orrin Schwartz||Chris Rolfe (CHI)||Freddy Adu (PHI)|
|Adam Jardy||Chris Rolfe (CHI)||Freddy Adu (PHI)|
|Michael Lewis||Chris Rolfe (CHI)||Freddy Adu (PHI)|
|Darrell Lovell||Chris Rolfe (CHI)||Juninho (LA)|
|JP Dellacamera||Chris Wondolowski (SJ)||Juninho (LA)|
|Elliott Almond||Chris Wondolowski (SJ)||Juninho (LA)|
|Frank Giase||Chris Wondolowski (SJ)||Chris Rolfe (CHI)|
|Steven Sandor||Chris Wondolowski (SJ)||Juninho (LA)|
|Jonah Freedman||Chris Wondolowski (SJ)||Javier Morales (RSL)|
|Lisa Eisenmenger||Chris Wondolowski (SJ)||Juninho (LA)|
|Marc Connolly||Chris Wondolowski (SJ)||Juninho (LA)|
|Buzz Carrick||Chris Wondolowski (SJ)||Juninho (LA)|
|Gerald Barnhart||Chris Wondolowski (SJ)||Robbie Keane (LA)|
|Don Ruiz||Chris Wondolowski (SJ)||Jimmy Nielsen (SKC)|
|Philippe Germaine||Chris Wondolowski (SJ)||Chris Rolfe (CHI)|
|Dan Girard||Chris Wondolowski (SJ)||Juninho (LA)|
|Shaun Schafer||Freddy Adu (PHI)||Chris Wondolowski (SJ)|
|Steve Clare||Freddy Adu (PHI)||Juninho (LA)|
|Jonathan Tannenwald||Juninho (LA)||Chris Rolfe (CHI)|