San Jose Earthquakes Forward Chris Wondolowski Voted MLS Player of the Month for June
NEW YORK (Thursday, July 5, 2012) San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski was voted Major League Soccer (MLS) Player of the Month by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for June of the 2012 MLS season.
This is the second time in the 2012 campaign that Wondolowski has garnered Player of the Month honors, with the San Jose striker most recently receiving the accolade in April. In previous seasons, Wondolowski received MLS Player of the Month honors in October 2010 and October 2011.
The last time that a player was selected as MLS’s Player of the Month twice in one season was in 2007, when Juan Pablo Angel, then of the New York Red Bulls, received the accolades in consecutive months, May 2007 and June 2007. A two-time Player of the Month selection has only occurred three other times in MLS history: in 2000 for Clint Mathis, 2002 for Carlos Ruiz and 2003 for Landon Donovan.
In three League games in June, Wondolowski has scored three times, including a game-winner against the LA Galaxy, a back heel off of a corner kick, to cap a two-goal comeback in the club’s 4-3 victory. Twenty-two of Wondolowski’s 51 strikes with San Jose have been game-winning goals.
Wondolowski has been a mainstay in the Earthquakes’ lineup in 2012, playing every single minute except for the two matches he missed in late May due to U.S. Men’s National Team commitments. In 16 appearances with San Jose this season, Wondolowski has 14 goals and is leading the race for the 2012 Budweiser Golden Boot. The Earthquakes are currently sitting atop the Western Conference and are also leading the entire League in points, with 36 in 18 games played.
The MLS Player of the Month is selected each month of the regular season by a panel of journalists from NASR. The group consists of members of print, television, radio and online media. More information and membership information can be found at http://www.soccerreporters.com/.