Wondolowski named MLS Player of Month

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Wondolowski named MLS Player of Month

Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski was voted Major League Soccer's Player of the Month for June, the league announced Thursday.

Wondolowski also won the award in April, and becomes the first player to claim the award twice in a season since Juan Pablo Angel in 2007. Only three other people, Clint Mathis (2000), Carlos Ruiz (2002) and Landon Donovan (2003) have won the award twice in one season.

The Danville native scored netted game-winners in June, helping San Jose to a perfect 3-0-0 mark for the month, highlighted by road victories against the Colorado Rapids and Real Salt Lake City as well as the recent edition of the California Clasico against the LA Galaxy.

Wondolowski has played a vital role in lifting the Earthquakes to the top of both the Western Conference and Supporters Shield tables with an 11-4-3 record.

The Major League Soccer Player of the Week and Month honors are selected during 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 information and membership information can be found at www.soccerreporters.com.

Voter First Choice Second Choice
Buzz Carrick Chris Pontius (DC) Chris Wondolowski (SJ)
Jonah Freedman Chris Wondolowski (SJ) Chris Pontius (DC)
Jose Romero Chris Wondolowski (SJ) Marco Pappa (CHI)
Phil Schoen Chris Wondolowski (SJ) Dan Kennedy (CHV)
Michael Lewis Chris Wondolowski (SJ) Landon Donovan (LA)
Don Ruiz Chris Wondolowski (SJ) Landon Donovan (LA)
Shaun Schafer Chris Wondolowski (SJ) Landon Donovan (LA)
Philippe Germaine Chris Wondolowski (SJ) Landon Donovan (LA)
Tom Timmermann Chris Wondolowski (SJ) Will Bruin (HOU)
Steven Sandor Chris Wondolowski (SJ) Danny Koevermans (TOR)
Adam Jardy Chris Wondolowski (SJ) Landon Donovan (LA)
Nick Thomas Danny Koevermans (TOR) Will Bruin (HOU)
Lisa Eisenmenger Danny Koevermans (TOR) Will Bruin (HOU)
Kerith Gabriel Danny Koevermans (TOR) Will Bruin (HOU)
Bobby McMahon Danny Koevermans (TOR) Chris Wondolowski (SJ)
Gerald Barnhart Danny Koevermans (TOR) Chris Wondolowski (SJ)
Dan Girard Danny Koevermans (TOR) Landon Donovan (LA)
JP Dellacamera Landon Donovan (LA) Danny Koevermans (TOR)
Scott French Landon Donovan (LA) Will Bruin (HOU)
Marc Connolly Landon Donovan (LA) Danny Koevermans (TOR)
Steve Clare Sean Johnson (CHI) Will Bruin (HOU)
Orrin Schwartz Sean Johnson (CHI) Chris Wondolowski (SJ)

Earthquakes hand FC Dallas first loss of season, win 1-0

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Earthquakes hand FC Dallas first loss of season, win 1-0

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FRISCO, Texas -- Jahmir Hyka scored on a spectacular move in the 81st minute and the San Jose Earthquakes handed FC Dallas its first loss of the season, 1-0 on Saturday night.

Hyka took a pass from Marco Urena and touched the ball straight up over defender Matt Hedges as he raced by before putting the ball in off the post for his third goal.

David Bingham made three difficult saves for his fifth shutout, the 25th in his seven seasons with San Jose (5-4-4). The Earthquakes, who played Wednesday night, had just one win in their previous 12 road games and had been shutout six times and outscored by 13.

Hyka's goal also ended a string in which Chris Wondolowski had scored or assisted on the last seven Quakes goals.

Dallas (5-1-4) was unbeaten in its previous eight games with San Jose, outscoring the Quakes 12-4 with five clean sheets.

Dallas dominated most of the game with 62.3 percent possession and Jesse Gonzalez only made one save.

 

 

Late Wondolowski equalizer keeps Quakes unbeaten at home

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Late Wondolowski equalizer keeps Quakes unbeaten at home

It’s been a season of inconsistencies for the San Jose Earthquakes. But one thing that has been certain is that in San Jose, at Avaya Stadium, the Quakes are pretty close to unbeatable. 

And they continued that trend Wednesday night thanks in large part to Tommy Thompson and Chris Wondolowski, who combined for a goal in the game’s 83rd minute to salvage a 1-1 draw.

In six home matches, the Earthquakes are 3-0-3. 

The equalizer came less than three minutes after Carlos Rivas had put Orlando on top with a goal from inside the 18-yard box. 

But it was then that head coach Dominic Kinnear reached to his bench for Thompson. 

The late substitution paid off not too long after when a Jahmir Hyka corner found its way over to Thompson just outside the penalty area. The midfielder put the ball on frame and as it was going wide, Wondolowski was there to poke the ball home. 

The goal was the fifth of the season for Wondolowski. It was also Thompson’s first point for the big club since signing San Jose’s first ever Homegrown Player contract. 

David Bingham made a huge save on Brazilian international Kaka in stoppage time to keep the game drawn. 

Turning point: You have to look to Kinnear’s substitution in the 82nd minute that brought on Thompson. The midfielder is known for his creativity on the ball, but had yet to turn that into production for the Quakes since signing his contract. On Wednesday, his first point could not have come at a bigger time. Thompson’s first point came in his 57th game with the club.  

Man of the match: Bingham has played lights out at Avaya in 2017. And when the game opened up in the last 10 minutes, it was his save that kept on Kaka that preserved the unbeaten record at home and a much deserved point for the home squad.  

Injury update: Quakes fans got some bad news before the start of Wednesday’s game when the team announced Harold Cummings, a big offseason acquisition at center back, is out of the season. The Costa Rican international suffered a foot injury while in his San Jose home. The blow is huge for the Quakes, who are already thin defensively.

Booked: Orlando: Leo Pereira (yellow, 25’); San Jose: Anibal Godoy (yellow, 44’), Marco Ureña (yellow, 62’), Nick Lima (yellow, 68’), Darwin Ceren (yellow, 70’). 

Up next: The Earthquakes head to Texas to face FC Dallas on Saturday. While the Quakes are unbeaten at home, their fortunes change significantly on the road. They’ll try to turn that around against a tough Dallas team.