Wondolowski wins Player of the Month honour

Chris Wondolowski

Chris Wondolowski was the first man in MLS to score on the Vancouver Whitecaps this season — and it’s one of the reasons he was selected the league’s Player of the Month for April.

Earlier this month, Wondolowski ended the Whitecaps’ record shutout streak at the start of a season at 428 minutes, then added another goal as the Quakes beat Vancouver 3-1. The teams meet again this Saturday, and Whitecaps coach Martin Rennie will rest many regulars — including Jay DeMerit, Lee Young-Pyo and Jun Marques Davidson — for Wednesday’s Amway Canadian Championship match against FC Edmonton so he can have a fresh squad to face Wondolowski and the first-in-the-west Quakes.

Wondolowski won the vote (Lee was also nominated) from the membership of the North American Soccer Reporters.

On top of the two-goal performance against the Whitecaps earlier this month, Wondo scored in a draw with New York and had another goal in a win over Real Salt Lake.

It was a close vote, as Wondolowski got eight first-place votes while Sporting Kansas City defender Aurelien got seven. Collin, though, can take solace in the fact that’s he’s the early pole sitter for the Defender of the Year honour. If voting took place today, that trophy would be his.

Wondolowski has eight goals this season, second only to New York’s Thierry Henry, with nine. But, with Henry out with injury for at least the next three weeks, “Wondo” has plenty of chances to catch and pass the French legend.

Of course, Whitecaps fans are hoping that the catching and passing of Henry won’t be happening this weekend.(ED. NOTE. No worries about that. With two goals in a 5-3 win over D.C. United Wednesday night, Wondolowski got to the 10-goal mark!)

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About Steven Sandor

I'm currently the colour commentator for FC Edmonton broadcasts on Sportsnet, NASL.com and TEAM 1260. I've covered the Toronto FC beat for four years, worked for the Edmonton Aviators of the USL for a season, covered the Edmonton Drillers of the NPSL and started covering Canadian World Cup qualifiers in 1996. I've covered the CONCACAF Champions League and the U-20 World Cup. I'm passionate about soccer in North America.