Chris Wondolowski the Budweiser Golden Boot winner for 2010. PHOTO ISIphotos.com by Michael Pimentel
Career-High 18 Goals from Wondolowski boosts Earthquakes to first playoffs appearance since rejoining MLS in 2008
“Thank you everybody, Thank you my teammates. It’s a true honor to win this award but I couldn’t have done it without my teammates and their great assists – said Chris Wondolowski to “Soccer with Chris” editor Chris Reiko in his immediate reaction after he learned that his 18 goals was just enough for winning the most prestigious award that MLS striker can win.
NEW YORK (Sunday, Oct. 24, 2009) – San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski has claimed the 2010 Budweiser Golden Boot, awarded to the top goal scorer at the end of the Major League Soccer regular season.
San Jose Earthquakes forward and Major League Soccer MVP candidate Chris Wondolowski has claimed the 2010 Budweiser Golden Boot, awarded to the top goal scorer at the end of the MLS regular season. Wondolowski’s career-high 18 goals through 28 games played this season helped the Earthquakes to their first playoff appearance since the team rejoined MLS in 2008.The Danville native has set numerous MLS records and franchise records this season. Wondolowski finished his 2010 campaign by scoring the last ten consecutive goals for San Jose, which set a new MLS record. It broke the previous record held by former Los Angeles Galaxy forward Carlos Ruiz from 2002-2003, who had nine.
Wondolowski trailed Galaxy forward Edson Buddle by six goals (14–8) with eight games to play (through games of September 11). By winning the Budweiser Golden Boot, he becomes the first player to win an MLS goal-scoring title, either jointly or outright, by erasing a deficit of five or more goals in his last 10 games.
Wondolowski scored 18 of the team’s 34 goals in 2010, which is the second highest such percentage in MLS history. He scored 52.9 percent of San Jose’s goals, second only to Ruiz, who scored 24 of the Galaxy’s 44 goals in 2002 (54.5%).
The MVP candidate set a franchise record for goals in a season, with 18, breaking the previous record of 15, set by Ronald Cerritos in 1999. He also tied Ruiz’s MLS record (in 2002) and set a new franchise record with nine game-winning goals. Ariel Graziani held the San Jose record with six game-winners in 2002.
Wondolowski also becomes the first player in San Jose franchise history to win the Golden Boot. In 2004, Brian Ching scored 12 goals, which was tied with FC Dallas forward Eddie Johnson for the league lead in goals. However, in 2004, MLS did not award the Golden Boot, but awarded the MLS Scoring Champion, who had the most points in the season.
All-Time Golden Boot Winners:
2010: 18 goals – Chris Wondolowski (SJ Earthquakes)
2009: 17 goals – Jeff Cunningham (FC Dallas)
2008: 20 goals – Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)
2007: 20 goals – Luciano Emilio (D.C. United)
2006: 16 goals – Jeff Cunningham (Real Salt Lake)
2005: 17 goals – Taylor Twellman (New England Revolution)
2004: 12 goals – Eddie Johnson (Dallas Burn); Brian Ching (San Jose Earthquakes)
2003: 15 goals – Carlos Ruiz (LA Galaxy); Taylor Twellman (New England Revolution)
2002: 24 goals – Carlos Ruiz (LA Galaxy)
2001: 19 goals – Alex Pineda Chacon (Miami Fusion)
2000: 26 goals – Mamadou Diallo (Tampa Bay Mutiny)
1999: 18 goals – Stern John (Columbus Crew); Roy Lassiter (D.C. United); Jason Kreis (Dallas Burn)
1998: 26 goals – Stern John (Columbus Crew)
1997: 16 goals – Jaime Moreno (D.C. United)
1996: 27 goals – Roy Lassiter (Tampa Bay Mutiny)
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