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Chris Wondolowski passes Landon Donovan as all-time leading scorer in MLS history

Elliott Almond, The Mercury News on

Published in Soccer

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Chris Wondolowski felt the weight increase this year with each game on the bench.

The San Jose Earthquakes' captain was not getting many chances to score despite needing only one goal to tie U.S. legend Landon Donovan as Major League Soccer's all-time scoring leader.

Yet, he never lost faith.

"I'm going out there not to score goals but I'm going out there because it is fun," Wondolowski said Saturday after he broke through with one of the greatest performances in league history.

Wondolowski shattered Donovan's mark with four goals -- one short of the single-game league record -- in the Quakes' 4-1 victory over the Chicago Fire on a rainy day that drew a sparse crowd.

Wondolowski, 36, gave the Bay Area one of the best sports moments ever, one that probably will be overshadowed by achievements from the Warriors, Sharks and other pro teams and athletes.

 

But not for anyone watching what unfolded in the Earthquakes' 12th game of the 2019 season.

The record-breaking 146th goal came early in the second half on a botched play by goalkeeper David Ousted. The Fire's keeper lost control of a ball in front of the net and Wondolowski pounced to tap it in.

"I always wanted to do it and be done with it," he said. "I didn't picture a day like this."

Wondolowski said he envisioned the record goal coming on a 30-yard blast into the upper 90.

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