ICYMI | MLS: Wondo takes century chase to big stage

A fast start to the 2015 season has Chris Wondolowski one goal away from reaching the 100-goal mark in MLS.

1. Wondo Watch on the big stage.

Forward Chris Wondolowski will take the field against Orlando City Sunday at Levi’s Stadium, home of the NFL 49ers, just one goal shy of the 100 mark for his career. Eight other players have reached that milestone in league history, and Wondo is the only active player close to hitting the century mark.

Tops on the list is Landon Donovan, who played his first four seasons (2001-04) in San Jose on his way to 144 goals. At No. 6 is Dwayne De Rosario, who announced his retirement earlier this week and scored 27 of his 104 regular-season goals as a Quake.

Wondolowski tied the MLS single-season record of 27 in 2012 and is only the third player in league history to hit double-digits in goals five consecutive seasons. He has six so far in 2015 and if he reaches 10 will pass Carlos Ruiz and Juan Pablo Angel in that category.

2. FC Dallas preps for record road trip.

A 42-day stint on the road will take FCD to both coasts and several points in-between to play five games, starting in Montreal in Saturday. It’s the longest road trip in team history but there are no double-dips of games bunched together: the shortest rest period between games is five days (May 23-29 and June 7-13).

MLS: This weekend

After the Impact, FCD plays Sporting Kansas City, San Jose, Seattle, and Colorado. It returns to Toyota Stadium June 26 with a rivalry game against Houston. So far this season FCD is 2-1-1 on the road; it was 4-8-5 last year.

“This is the time where it’s going to test us the most physically and mentally,” U.S. U-23 defender Walker Zimmerman told FCDallas.com. “Coming away with a decent amount of points is huge.” 

3. Molino’s ACL surgery looks good.

Surgery performed last week to repair a torn ACL in the right knee of Orlando City midfielder Kevin Molino was successful, the team has announced.

Daryl Osbahr, M.D., Chief of Sports Medicine for Orlando Health, performed the surgery at Orlando Health. Molino, 24, suffered the injury May 3 playing for the Lions in a friendly against Brazilian club Ponte Preta. The timetable for his recovery is six to nine months so chances are very slim he could return before the regular season ends Oct. 25. He set a USL record by scoring 20 goals in 2014.

“The road to recovery after an ACL tear is never easy, but we are off to a great start as Kevin’s surgery went very well,” said Dr. Osbahr in a team press release. “He is a dedicated young man that will certainly work hard to return to the field at the highest level.”

4. Sounders-Timbers, not once but twice in Open Cup.

Cascadia Cup rivals Portland and Seattle have been paired together for the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup, as have the NASL New York Cosmos and New York York City FC. Orlando City will play Fort Lauderdale (NASL) if the Strikers get past the Charleston Battery (USL) next week in the third round.

Open Cup: Schedule

The games will be played June 16-17. The Sounders will host Portland and New York City FC gets the home draw against the Cosmos. Seattle beat Portland, 3-1, in extra time last year on its way to a fourth Open Cup title.

Also featured in the third round is a matchup of the Sounders and Timbers reserve teams. Sounders II host Timbers II Wednesday at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila, Wash.

5. Tour of the Bay: Quakes add Berkeley stadium to their list of major venues.

Kabam Field on the University of California-Berkeley campus will be the site of San Jose’s exhibition against Manchester United July 21.

It will be the first game played by the Quakes in the Bears' renovated stadium, which opened in 2012. Last year the Quakes played in the first event held at Levi’s Stadium, and since returning to MLS in 2008 has played at Stanford Stadium, AT&T Park, Candlestick Park, and the Oakland Coliseum.

A crowd of of 48,765 fans turned out last August to see San Jose beat Seattle, 1-0, in the grand opening of Levi’s Stadium. The Quakes and 49ers reached an agreement last year to play one MLS game a year at Levi’s, and on Sunday Orlando City will be in town.

United also plays Barcelona at Levi’s four days after the Quakes’ game. United starts a U.S. tour July 17 against Club America in Seattle and finishes up against July 29 with Paris St.-Germain.

For the fourth straight year, San Jose will play the Galaxy at Stanford. The game, set for June 27, will be followed by a fireworks show.

3 comments about "ICYMI | MLS: Wondo takes century chase to big stage".
  1. Margaret Manning, May 22, 2015 at 12:14 p.m.

    A "century" is one hundred years. Not one hundred goals or elephants or chairs.

  2. Ginger Peeler, May 22, 2015 at 1:40 p.m.

    I checked 2 dictionaries and the word "century", besides being a 100 year period, also refers to units of 100. In Roman times, a group of 100 soldiers was called a century. Nowadays, in this soccer context, most of us would say "century mark".

  3. Charles Holmes, May 23, 2015 at 8 a.m.

    Also: "a bicycle race of one hundred miles: [ as modifier ] : the nation's largest single-day century ride.
    • a score of one hundred in a sporting event, such as a cricket match."

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