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Wondolowski continues MVP march with another POTW award


In the news business, we are supposed to write about man bites dog. Things that are expected to happen don’t really constitute news.

So, according to the basics of Journalism 101, the fact that Chris Wondolowski was named MLS Player of the Week isn’t a news item. The San Jose Earthquakes striker scored his 23rd, 24th and 25th goals of the season in a 4-1 win over the Colorado Rapids — and was the easy winner of the vote from the members of the North American Soccer Reporters.

How did The 11 vote? Wondo. Who else, really? Wondolowski is just two goals away from Roy Lassiter’s record (set in the era of the shootout) of 27 goals in a season. Wondo has two game left, and the question is this: With the Earthquakes steaming towards the No. 1 seed in the West, will coach Frank Yallop play Wondolowski in both games, or consider resting him for the post-season?

At least we don’t have to worry about any kind of MVP debate this year. Just put Wondo’s name on the trophy now. Let him have a victory lap with it in the final home game of the regular season. Why bother making him wait?

But, U.S. national-team coach Jurgen Klinsmann isn’t as impressed — he decided to leave Wondolowski off of his new World Cup qualifying roster.

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