We’ve picked out the biggest winners and losers as Chris Wondolowski put in a record-breaking performance during the San Jose Earthquakes’ 4-1 win over the Chicago Fire.
The San Jose Earthquakes continued their fine home form with a crushing 4-1 win over the Chicago Fire on Saturday, with veteran forward Chris Wondolowski bagging all four goals in a record-breaking display.
Wondolowski now has the highest number of Major League Soccer goals in the history of the league, breaking Landon Donovan’s record in a sensational manner.
Here at MLS Multiplex, we’ve picked out the biggest winners and losers as the Earthquakes kept pace with the Western Conference playoff contenders.
Winner: Chris Wondolowski
Well, that’s some way to open your 2019 MLS account, isn’t it?
Having not scored a single goal since October 2018, 36-year-old Chris Wondolowski bagged a hat-trick to give the Earthquakes the win and, in the process, beat Landon Donovon’s long-standing regular season goalscoring record.
The first was a simple tap-in from inside the six-yard box after some great work from Shea Salinas cutting in from the left. Whether it was actually a pass or a failed effort into the far corner, we’ll leave for you to decide.
The second was a truly bizarre goal, with Fire goalkeeper David Ousted spilling a routine Cristian Espinoza cross right into the path of Wondolowski, who used all his experience to be in the right, lurking position in anticipation of the mistake.
The veteran then rounded off his afternoon, with the balling dropping to Wondolowski after a foul on Espinoza. The referee played advantage and the former USMNT international slammed the ball home with an emphatic finish, while just minutes later, he was picked out by a smart Jackson Yueill pass at the back post to make it four.
The four goals were exactly what the Earthquakes deserved for their absolute domination of the match, while it’ll be a real day to remember for Wondolowski who took his regular season record total to the lofty heights of 147. You wait months on end for one and four come along at once.