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Video: San Jose's Chris Wondolowski nets hat trick, ties Edson Buddle for MLS Golden Boot

Chris Wondolowski didn't enter the San Jose Earthquakes' match with Chivas USA on Wednesday night until the 40th minute, replacing the injured Cornell Glen. He proceeded to score three goals, in the 55th, 59th and 72nd minutes, to tie Edson Buddle for the MLS scoring lead with 17 goals heading into the final weekend of the regular season. Big night in the Bay Area (Quakes win 3-0, Giants move to brink of World Series). The last time a San Jose player not named Wondolowski scored was Sept. 5; he has nine consecutive goals. He is also responsible for more than half of the club's season total (17 of 33). Entering this year, Wondolowski had scored four goals in 39 regular season career appearances with Houston. MVP?

Here's how he capped the hat trick:
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By Steve Goff  | October 21, 2010; 12:10 AM ET
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Really nice finish. He's shown a real ability to finish. His goals aren't lucky or tap-ins. He's in the right place and he gets his body in the right position to strike the ball, when most players in MLS haven't a clue about that. He should definitely get a look from the USMNT. If San Jose are out of the playoffs, he should get a call for the South Africa game.

MVP? The old argument:

!) Top player on one of the top teams.

2) The best player or player with the best season.

3) The player who is more valuable to his team than any other player is to another team, even if it's a lower-ranked team.

Wondolowski, I think offers a convincing case for #3, and he's arguably the player with the best season. Obviously, we're all trying to figure out who the heck this guy is and how good -- thus, the announcers pondering whether he's in the Best XI. You might find guys who are more talented..who you'd pick first for your team...but no one's had a better season.

Posted by: fischy | October 21, 2010 12:51 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 21, 2010 6:47 AM | Report abuse

Where's Wondo?

Oh, there he is, scoring yet again.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | October 21, 2010 8:01 AM | Report abuse

see, now if that was Q1 he would have contorted himself to make that cross with his right foot.....

Posted by: Section107 | October 21, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

So Wondo scores the annual Buddle hat trick?

Posted by: Reignking | October 21, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Good for Chris "the Wonder Dog" Wondoloski. I don't know why I called him that but his is an uplifting story kind of like Air Bud: World Pup.

He was once the leading scorer in the MLS Reserve games standings. So folks should point him out when people question the value of the Reserve League.

I remember reading that he was a competitive miler who could run the mile in just over 4 minutes. Maybe that gives him a frisbee-dog like ability to make runs and get onto crosses at the far post.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | October 21, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

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