Chris Wondolowski celebrates recording the MLS career goal record. (Photo courtesy of MLS)
NEW YORK – San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski struck four goals to break the Major League Soccer all-time goalscoring record during Saturday’s 4-1 win over the Chicago Fire.
Wondo raised his career tally to 148, surpassing the previous record of 145 by U.S. Soccer legend Landon Donovan.
“It’s so surreal that I get a message from Landon Donovan, that he even knows my name,” Wondo said. “It’s still crazy and boggles my mind that that’s the level.
“I got messages after the game on the video board. Those guys, you know, that they even know my name, talking to me, congratulating me. It’s amazing. It’s still surreal. It still hasn’t sunken in. I’m not sure when it will or if it will – until I’m even more grey and a lot older. It’s special.”
The Quakes forward scored his 145th goal, tying Donovan’s record in the 21st minute, before bringing the long-awaited #WondoWatch to a close in the 48th minute when he notched his 146th goal, besting the long-held record (SEE RECORD-BREAKING GOAL)
“I was hoping this day wouldn’t happen but you deserved it,” Donovan said on a pre-recorded video. “You earned it. Congratulations. I’m happy to pass the torch. You did it in much less time, much fewer games than I did which makes me sad but I’m very happy for you man. Congrats. You’ve had a great career. Inspire us all. Happy for you, buddy.”
Wondolowski’s record-breaking performance:
- 21st-minute goal (tied MLS record: No. 145)
- 48th-minute goal (BROKE MLS RECORD: No. 146)
- 74th-minute goal (career goal No. 147)
- 76th-minute goal (career goal No. 148)
All-time MLS goalscoring leaders:
- 1. Chris Wondolowski: 148
- 2. Landon Donovan: 145
- 3. Jeff Cunningham: 134
- 4. Jaime Moreno: 133
- 5. Ante Razov: 114