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Chris Wondolowski

Men's National Team
  • PositionForward
  • Date of BirthJanuary 28, 1983
  • Height6-0
  • Weight165
  • HometownDanville, Calif.
  • Social
  • ClubSan Jose Earthquakes
  • World CupCaps: 2 Goals: 0
  • CareerCaps: 24 Goals: 9
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Played soccer with his brothers growing up with rolled up socks as the ball

Playing History

MNT

In 2014, Wondolowski has scored three goals, recording a brace against South Korea on January 2 in a 2-0 victory and contributing a goal in a 2-2 draw with Mexico on February 4
He has appeared in seven games for the U.S. in 2014, starting in three, and appeared in two of three Send-Off Series games leading up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup
Wondolowski found the scoring touch in his third international campaign with the USMNT, tying for third on the team with six goals in only 365 minutes played in 2013
Wondolowski notched his first six international goals in 9 games
On July 5, 2013, Wondolowski scored his first international goal in a friendly against Guatemala at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California.
On July 9, 2013, wearing a jersey with his name spelled “Wondowlowski” (extra W), he scored a hat-trick in the first half against Belize at Jeld-Wen in Portland, Oregon.
He added a brace to his international goal total on July 13, 2013 against Cuba at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.
During the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Wondolowski tied Landon Donovan with five goals during the tournament and became the third U.S. player tp record a hat-trick in a Gold Cup match
Wondolowski added two more goals to his tally, by scoring a brace against South Korea at StubHub Center in Carson, California on February 1, 2014

Professional

In 2013, tallied 11 goals and three assists in 29 MLS games, becoming the 11th player in league history to record double-digit goals in four consecutive seasons
Led MLS with 8 game-winning goals
In CONCACAF Champions Leage action he scored the game-winning goal during the San Jose Earthquakes’ 1-0 victory against CD Heredia on Oct. 23, 2013 to advance to the tournament quarterfinals
In 2012, was named the Volkswagen MLS MVP award & picked up his second career Budweiser Golden Boot after leading the league with 27 goals, tying Roy Lassiter’s MLS Record
Started and scored a goal against Chelsea FC in the 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Game
In 2010, won the Budweiser Golden Boot & led the league with nine game-winning goals

Youth clubs

Attended Chico State where he was named First Team All-California Collegiate Athletic Assocation all four seasons; finished with 39 goals and 23 assists in over 84 games
Played for the Chico Rocks of the Men’s Premier Soccer League in 2004; named an MPSL All-Star & Rooks MVP after leading the team with 17 goals and 10 assists
Helped his high school,  De La Salle in Concord, California, to a 2001 North Coast Section title
Played his club soccer for Diablo Valley Soccer Club & Danville Mustang Soccer Association

Honors earned

2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup Top Goalscorer
2013 MLS All-Star
2012 MLS MVP
2012 MLS Golden Boot
2012 MLS Best XI
2012 MLS Supporter’s Shield
2012 MLS All-Star
2011 MLS Best XI
2011 MLS Castrol Index Player of the Year
2010 MLS Golden Boot
2010 MLS Best XI
MLS Cup 2007
MLS Cup 2006

Career Club History Map

Long Road to the Top

Selected in the final round of the ’05 MLS supplemental draft by San Jose & moved to Houston with the original Earthquakes in 2006 where he saw very little playing time and was playing on the reserve team – traded back to the Earthquakes in 2009 and has worked his way to the top of the league and the MNT

Deserved Praise

After Wondolowski won the MLS MVP Award in 2012, San Jose head coach Frank Yallop praised his play by saying: “There’s not a more deserving person to win this. We’re going to talk about his goals and what he’s done on the field, but off the field he’s a terrific person. I think it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. He’s such a team guy. Doesn’t always think about himself, although he looks like he does when he scores the goals and finishes things off. He just wants to win. That’s important to know. He’s unselfish. He’ll do anything for his teammates, all the things you want in a player.”

“Your movement is incredible. It's like a nightmare for me.”

Native American Connection

When Chris was 13, his mother took him to see his grandparents at a Kiowa tribe reservation in Oklahoma.  The trip connected Chris with his Native American ancestry as he received his Kiowa name, “Bau Daigh” after meeting with a tribal elder.

Wondolowski said he fondly remembers attending Powwows in Oklahoma alongside his grandparents, eating traditional Kiowa fried breads and learning about his heritage. 

Overview
National Teams
Professional
Personal

Wondolowski found the scoring touch in his third international campaign with the U.S. MNT, tying for third on the team with six goals in only 365 minutes played in 2013. In Major League Soccer play, Wondolowski scored 11 goals in 29 games for the San Jose Earthquakes, becoming the 11th player in league history to boast double-digit goal totals in four consecutive seasons.

-Made his World Cup debut against Portugal on June 22, 2014, coming on as a sub in the 87th minute, and played against Belgium on July 1 in the Round of 16

-Scored the first six goals of his international career in nine appearances in 2013, tying for third on the team

-Tied Landon Donovan with five goals during the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, scoring three times in the USA’s 6-1 victory against Belize on July 9 to become the third U.S. player to record a hat trick in a Gold Cup match

-Called up to the full U.S. National Team in January 2011, his first appearance in a U.S. camp at any level

-Captured the MLS Golden Boot and was named to the MLS Best XI in 2010

2014: Made his World Cup debut against Portugal on June 22, 2014, coming on as a sub in the 87th minute, and played against Belgium on July 1 in the Round of 16 ... Has scored three goals in 2014, recording a brace against South Korea on January 2 in a 2-0 victory and contributing a goal in a 2-2 draw with Mexico on February 4 ... Has appeared in seven games for the U.S. in 2014, starting in three ... appeared in two of three Send-Off Series games leading up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup ... 2013: Wondolowski notched his first six international goals in nine games and only 365 minutes to tie for third on the team … Became the third U.S. player to record a hat trick in Gold Cup play with three goals against Belize during a 6-1 victory on July 9 in Portland, Ore. ...2010: Earned his first ever call up to the U.S. MNT 24-player training camp roster in preparation for the international friendly against Chile … First Appearance: Jan. 2, 2011 First Goal: July 5, 2013

2013: Tallied 11 goals and three assists in 29 MLS games, becoming the 11th player in league history to record double-digit goals in four consecutive seasons … Led MLS with eight game-winning goals … In CONCACAF Champions League action, scored the game-winning goal during the San Jose Earthquakes’ 1-0 victory against CD Heredia on Oct. 23 to advance to the tournament quarterfinals …2012...2011...2010: Led Major League Soccer in scoring with 18 goals, capturing the MLS Golden Boot, propelling San Jose into the MLS Playoffs … Named part of MLS Best XI … 2009: Acquired by the ‘Quakes in a trade with the Houston Dynamo … Appeared in seven games with three starts with Dynamo, tallying two goals and one assist … Played in 14 games with three goals and one assist for San Jose … 2008: Made eight MLS appearances …Scored in the Superliga championship-game shootout at New England on Aug. 5 … Started both legs of the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series against Municipal and scored third goal in 3-1 home win on March 19 … Came on as a substitute in both legs of the semifinal against Saprissa … 2007: Appeared in 16 games, making three starts and grabbing a goal and an assist … Made first start of the season on April 29 in 1-0 loss vs. the Chicago Fire … 2006: Scored his first MLS goal on Aug. 21 against Chicago in 2-2 tie … 2005: Made Earthquakes MLS debut on Sept. 10 vs. Chivas.

Married Lindsay prior to the 2009 season … Father, John Wondolowski, is San Ramon Valley High School assistant soccer coach … Younger brother, Stephen, was a reserve on the Dynamo’s MLS Cup championship team in 2007 and was also a teammate in 2008 … … He is half Native American and is a member of the Kiowa Tribe. His tribal name is Bau Daigh (pronounced Bowe Dye), which means “Warrior coming over the hill."

Named to the CCAA first team for four consecutive seasons at Chico State … Scored five goals and registered two assists … In 2003, he was named second team Division II All-America … Helped Chico State to CCAA Championship with a 19-4-1 record … Led Chico to NCAA Division II championship game … Played 23 games, registering 11 goals and eight assists … In 2002, Wondolowski played 19 games, tallying 12 goals and seven assists … In 2001 he led his team with 10 goals and six assists in 19 games.

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