Chris Wondolowski will return to Earthquakes in 2021

Chris Wondolowski, MLS's all-time leading scorer with 166 goals, will return to the San Jose Earthquakes after signing a one-year contract.

Wondolowski, 37, first intended to make 2020 his last MLS season, but he reconsidered after he scored a team-high seven goals during the 2020 regular season and one more in the playoffs.

“2020 will certainly be a year we never forget," said Wondo. "And while the pandemic has caused so much pain throughout the world, it’s also given me an opportunity to reflect on the things I value the most, I was fully committed to making 2020 the final year of my career, but I’ve reconsidered and can’t wait to join my teammates one more time as we look to bring an MLS Cup back to San Jose. The fans have consistently supported me through the ups and downs and I’d always regret not properly saying goodbye.”

Wondolowski's MLS scoring records also include game-winning goals (45) and consecutive seasons with 10+ goals (10). He also ranks first in Quakes history in appearances (344), starts (304) and minutes played (27,555).

3 comments about "Chris Wondolowski will return to Earthquakes in 2021".
  1. R2 Dad, December 27, 2020 at 3:53 a.m.

    C'mon, Wondo. This version of the Quakes has never won an MLS Cup and shows no signs of getting serious about this now. We known where the priorities lie--Quakes have the biggest bar west of the Mississippi, so there's that.

  2. Sharon Anderon replied, December 27, 2020 at 8:58 a.m.

    It's truly an awesome bar. A sight to see. Plus with the airport right there, it makes for fun photos.  

    but I'm so glad Wondo returned. He's the heart of the Quakes.

  3. Mark Landefeld, December 27, 2020 at 2:55 p.m.

    It's a smart move on Wondo's part as he can develop a post-retirement career more easily with his name recognition in Northern California. Almayda has also figured out that keeping Wondo effective is more important than any of his against-the-grain tactics which are not surprising teams anymore.  It's a style and when they play well, they are interesting.  When they do not play well, it's good to still have Wondo on the field.

    As a soccer fan, we're treated to see the best poacher in MLS history and a forward with an unerring sense of where and when to be ready.  I can't think of anyone who scores as often from as few touches as Wondo. 

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